In 1970, men who immigrated to Canada earned about 85 per cent of the wages of Canadian-born workers, rising to 92 per cent after a decade in the country.
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“I was trying to deny these thoughts in my head that my wife wasn’t facing these issues,” says Mavinkurve. D.s and the ads on TV saying, ‘hire a skilled immigrant.’ ” In late 2009, the couple packed up and moved to Seattle, where Padukone, finally armed with a U. work permit, landed the first job she applied for: at Amazon’s head office.
Their short time living in Canada taught the couple a lot about what it’s like to immigrate to Canada and, says Mavinkurve, it’s “not what any Canadian wants to hear.” “Canada is, by and large, not friendly to immigrants,” he says.
In the end, their story turned out to be less a picture of the Canadian dream than an image of the ugly reality facing so many Canadian immigrants. Calls to employers went unreturned or recruiters told her she would need Canadian work experience to qualify.
With extended family already living in Canada, the couple expected a slow start, but was shocked by how difficult life here turned out to be.
When the couple married in 2008, Mavinkurve—born in India, raised in Saudi Arabia and trained at Harvard University—was living in Silicon Valley, where he led a team of engineers designing Google maps for mobile phones. work visa didn’t allow his wife to work in the States.
Padukone was working in finance at Singapore’s largest investment bank. So Google arranged to transfer Mavinkurve to the company’s office in Toronto, where Padukone, with degrees in engineering and finance and experience in international banking, hoped to land a job.
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