Almost four in ten immigrants hold a university degree in Canada

Almost four in ten immigrants hold a university degree in Canada

QUEBEC, June 3, 2014 / CNW Telbec /. In 2011, almost 40% of immigrants aged 25 to 64 in Quebec hold a university certificate, diploma or degree, against 20% of non-immigrants. The percentage of these 240,000 immigrants who have completed university training increases the overall percentage of the Quebec population by almost three percentage points. Noting that nearly one in five immigrants who have reached this level of education has studied in an engineering program; This proportion is more than double that of non-immigrants.

Recent and younger immigrants have the highest levels of education. Unlike the native population, it is men who tend to have a more educated profile than women. These results are derived from an article published today by the Institut de la statistique du Québec in the socio-demographic data in brief bulletin.

Vulnerable people are more likely to fear crime
Despite the steady decline in crime rates in 2009, about one person in six in Quebec still remains fearful about crime. This fear is also higher in Quebec than in Ontario, even though these provinces share similar crime rates.

Fear is more prevalent among women and the elderly, people living in precarious socioeconomic conditions, social isolation and people who experienced victimization in the past. Negative perceptions about criminal issues in their neighborhood are also associated with fear of crime.
The lack of employment impacts the link between low income and stress
When a person is employed, low income does not seem to increase the risk of perceiving stress level as high or moderate. However, low income increases more strongly this risk when a person is unemployed.
Moreover, low income equally increases the risk of a person perceiving their health as unfavorable, whether they are employed or not.

Mobility of the Québec’s population dominated by cars
In 2010, just over three-quarters of Quebecers reported cars as being their main mode of transportation, against about 13% for public transit. In this regards, it should be noted that this low percentage is the result of public transit services deemed insufficient, coupled with a high level of private vehicle ownership.

Among the population with access to public transit, regular use of it is more common among young people and low income individuals. Those with a household income exceeds $100,000 are also more likely to use this mode of transportation.
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Sources : Marc-André Gauthier
Agent de recherche socioéconomique
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