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Riding the Boom: Labour Market Experiences of New Generation Youth from Visible Minority Immigrant Families

Document type Article
Author Jhangiani, Surita
Author Lauer, Sean
Author Yan, Miu Chung
Journal Canadian Ethnic Studies
Volume 40
Date 2008
ISSN 1913-8253
Pages 129-148


With changes in the source of origin of immigrants, a new cohort of new generation youth from visible minority immigrant families has begun to be established and become the key replacement of the aging Canadian labour force. Based on existing research, being young, being visible, and coming from an immigrant family are possible disadvantages in the labour market. Research on this new generation youth, however, is limited. This paper reports findings of two qualitative studies examining how this new generation youth, with or without a university degree, found work and what kinds of resources they used in their job search. The economic boom in British Columbia has offered easy access to the labour market. Coming from an immigrant family, however, visible minority youth benefit very little from their social ties and those of their family.