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Multiculturalism as a strategy for national competitiveness: The case for Canada and Australia

Eddy S Ng, I Metz

Proceedings of 6th Equality, Diversity and Inclusion International Conference | Equality, Diversity and Inclusion | Published : 2013


Like many other industrialized countries, Canada and Australia are experiencing low birth rates and an aging workforce. As a result of these changing demographics, a sustained period of growth and low unemployment rates, both nations now face a shortage of skilled workers. The Canadian and Australian governments have sought to address this issue by strategically increasing the immigration of skilled workers into their countries. Historically, immigrants to Canada have come from Europe, but Asia and the Pacific Region have surpassed Europe as the principal source of immigrants over the past 30 years. Similarly, Asian countries have changed from being completely absent to making up five of ..

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