Northern Lights (2007)

International Graduates of Canadian Institutions and the National Workforce

This report presents the findings of the first large-scale, national study focused on the experience of international students in entering the Canadian labour market. The purpose of this research was to gain a better understanding of the experiences of international graduates in Canada as they completed their studies and attempted to enter the Canadian labour market. Placing international students at the heart of the research, the study attempted to understand the challenges facing international graduates as reported by students themselves, and as understood by representatives of institutional offices responsible for international students, and employers across Canada.

As potential immigrants, international graduates comprise a substantial pool (about 30,000 graduates annually) of the kind of talent and experience that Canada is trying to attract globally. Through their research, the authors hoped to learn why working in Canada did not appeal to more new graduates, what impediments existed to prevent their staying and what if any measures could be taken to make them more likely to stay.

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Shaljan Areepattamannil, Sheryl Bond, Elaine Hayle, Majid Malekan and Gerard Brathwaite-Sturgeon. Northern Lights 2007. Web. 28 Nov. 2022 <>
Shaljan Areepattamannil, Sheryl Bond, Elaine Hayle, Majid Malekan & Gerard Brathwaite-Sturgeon (2007). Northern Lights. Retrieved November 28, 2022, from
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