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Yaldaz Sadakova, December 11, 2015

What’s the safest place to have a heart attack?

The back of a Canadian cab— because the driver is likely a foreign-born doctor.

A friend told me this joke when I moved to Canada almost three years ago. Too bad it isn’t funny.

Many skilled immigrants who land in Canada struggle to find jobs in their fields, despite holding proper credentials. A major barrier they face is not having Canadian experience. Employers here frequently devalue foreign experience—despite the fact that diversity has been proven to boost business results and Canada has one of the world’s largest per capita immigration rates (foreign-born people represent about 20% of the total population).

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