Presentation to: “Case Study in BC Labor Market : Chinese Immigrants on the Move?” workshop Ronald Ma MSW RSW Director of Employment Services S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Enhancing Global Career Management - The need for a Paradigm Shift
S.U.C.C.E.S.S. - MISSION S.U.C.C.E.S.S. is a multi-service organization for the promotion of the well being of Canadians and their participation in a diverse society.
Holistic and Integrated Approach Family and Youth Counseling Services Business Training & Economic Development Immigrant & Settlement Services Training Institute: Language & Job Skills Training Employment Services Seniors, Women & Volunteer Programs Government, Businesses, Employers, Community Organizations, Schools, Communities Health Services, Senior Care Home, Adult Day Care Holistic and Integrated Approach
Agency Profile Success employment service: Staff: 50 full time Clients: 5,000 /yr Client profile:
Agency Profile Same conclusion (same question) People are on the move? 1. A “…whether they are settlers or “immigrant prisoners”, temporarily serving their time in Vancouver before a further relocation..” (Yeo) 1. B “..the model indicates that many migrants never planned to stay in Canada but rather invested in themselves for later movement...”(Deng) 2. No policy can stop it? _______________________________________________________ a. the cost and benefit of this Canadian-Chinese Diaspora. b. Their role in making BC a Pacific gateway to the east.
Observations from the front line workers:
More Chinese immigrant workers
More people move back to china
Some move to other provinces / countries
Good opportunities in China - Some companies in China keep the positions for them – go and try, welcome back
Sea turtles – overseas returnees: global connection and global perspectives advantages
“ If you are gold, you will shine wherever you go”
The Changing Labor Market
Free flow of jobs
Internationally free flow of workers
“ Global Career Management ”
ABA ABC AB, AB 1 , AB 2 , AB 3 … ABC, ABC 1 , ABC 2 , ABC 3 ABABABAB…. “… by evaluating the various earnings streams open to the mover she can make her decision to stay, migrate or return home…”
Demographic Change Facts
Immigration is 60% of Canadian population growth
In 10 years, Canada’s net labour force will come from immigration
In 24 years, immigration will account for Canada’s total population growth
By 2017, 1 in 5 Canadians will be visible minority (increasing from Asian/middle East countries)
By 2017, 1 in 2 Canadians will be visible minority in Vancouver, Montreal and Toronto
What do the immigrants bring
- professional, skilled and unskilled labour
Financial capital, business and trade connections
What do the Immigrants bring
Agency Profile Paradigm change Act Local, think Global Think local, Act Global
Government, Employers, Community Organizations, Schools, Communities Holistic and Integrated Approach to establish a root for immigrants Employment Services Settlement Services Seniors, Women Programs Family and Youth Counseling Health Services, Business Training
Government, Employers, Community Organizations, Schools, Communities Settlement Services Seniors, Women Programs Family and Youth Counseling Business Training How the ISO’s can help Immigrants / Skilled immigrants Employers ISOs Immigrants Services Organizations
International movement of labor is a reality
Proactive policy is urgently needed to attract, maintain, and utilize immigrant talents.
Chinese immigrants’ Asian connection will greatly contribute to the BC Gateway to Asia.
There is cost. But the benefit is far exceed the cost
To establish a “root” is crucial to immigrants. “grassroot” NGOs play a significant role in immigrants labor market and social integration
People are leaving, action oriented policy is urgently needed.
Thank You Contact: Ronald Ma MSW RSW [email_address]