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Why Not Me? Women Immigrants and Unemployment in New Brunswick

Judith Doyle, Nicola Mooney, Jane Ku


This article examines the experience of women immigrants and refugees in New Brunswick, Canada. In focus groups, employment, or rather the lack of employment, was a central concern for the women. Many were skilled immigrants who urgently wished to be working in their field of expertise and felt disappointed with Canadian immigration processes and settlement in New Brunswick. Their emphasis on employment contrasted with their classification as dependent spouses by Citizenship and Immigration Canada and as refugees.


immigration; gender; employment; skilled workers; Canada

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