In times of economic uncertainty, immigrants feel the wave of monetary downturn stronger than any other socio-economic group. Minimum wage and unemployment rates for immigrants rise higher than any other group, as well. This negative relationship for immigrants is not a North American-specific trend. Non-nationals in every country are hit harder when an economic downturn is imminent and continue to feel the effects of a recession longer than most non-immigrants.
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[...] For immigrants from a non-western nation, the rates of unemployment are higher than for those who come from a western country. This is an inherent bias assumed to be a contributing factor, while the data remains scarce. A factor which remains to be analyzed is if firing practices are similar to hiring trends among immigrants. Therefore, if immigrants are the first cohort to be let go from positions are they, also, the last to be hired? A further study would also analyze the relationship country of origin has in one's ability to be hired when he emigrates to a new country. [...]
[...] The higher the income, the more likely one is to be hired again at some point throughout his life, similarly, the higher the income the sooner one is likely to be rehired. Even when an immigrant is entitled to unemployment benefits (indicating a high level or high paying former position,) he still remains less likely than a non-immigrant, to be hired for a new position by the time those benefits expire. Recent immigrants are affected even more strongly than long-term residents. [...]
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