Are immigrants more dependent upon the unemployment insurance program than native-born Canadians?

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This study addresses the question of whether immigrants in general and relatively recent cohorts of immigrants in particular use the unemployment insurance program more extensively than native-born Canadians. For analytical purposes two databases — microdata from the 1981 and 1991 censuses — are merged. Multivariate logit regression analysis shows that after all factors are controlled for, immigrants in general had a lower probability of using UI than Canadians. When immigrants are disaggregated by cohort, ectric tests show that the cohort effects apparent in the raw dat are not statistically significant. All immigrants in general also received smaller amounts of UI dollar benefits than native-born Canadians.

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