Three-dozen immigrants were sworn in as Canadian citizens Thursday morning in Halifax.
Many, according to Fusion Halifax, will have difficulty finding employment in Nova Scotia.
“A lot of Canadian employers want to see that the person has worked in Canada before and as soon as the person has a different name or experience … they kind of don’t want to go out on a limb and hire that person,” said Suzanne Rix, director of immigration and diversity for Fusion Halifax.
Mohammed Algermozi, 22, immigrated to Canada with his family from Yemen in 2006. He echoed Rix’s concerns, but said he eventually found his way.
Four years later, Algermozi is in his third year of industrial engineering at Dalhousie University and plans to work in his field in the province, at least for now.
“I’ve had a couple co-op jobs and I have a guaranteed job, so I’m just going to continue my life like this and probably live somewhere else in Canada,” he said.
Suzanne Rix says the immigration and diversity team of Fusion Halifax helps young professionals connect with their communities through monthly meetings and events, often attending museums and other cultural landmarks.