Educated female immigrants say Canada isn't on their side
Published by Remi Goc
Published on July 21, 2011
Jayashree Shrivastava, a 38-year-old environmental scientist from India, says if she could start over, she'd go south of the border.
"I'm telliing people from India who want to immigrate to try the U.S. first, and not Canada. The U.S. will recognize your education and experience and Canada will not," Shrivastava said.
"My sister is finishing her Ph.D. in the U.S. and she is much farther ahead in her career than I am."
After seven stressful years of looking for work in her own field here in Canada, Shrivastava is only now coming to terms with the realization that her dream of contributing to the sciences in Canada has diminished.
Feelings of frustration, isolation and depression have been a part of daily life for Shrivastava, who tried to communicate her experience with the Ministry of Environment in India to Canadian employers.
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