Nearly four out of ten immigrants in Québec hold a university degree

Québec, June 3, 2014 – In 2011, nearly 40% of immigrants in Québec age 25 to 64 held a university certificate, diploma or degree, compared with 20% of non-immigrants. The weight of these 240,000 university educated immigrants increased by nearly three points the overall percentage of the Québec population. It should be noted that almost one in five immigrants with this educational level studied in an engineering program—more than double that of non-immigrants.

Recent immigrants and young immigrants held the highest levels of education. However, unlike the Québec-born population, men presented higher levels of education than women. These results are drawn from an article published today by the Institut de la statistique du Québec, in the bulletin Données sociodémographiques en bref.

Vulnerable people are more likely to fear crime
Despite a steady decline of crime rates in 2009, about one in six people in Québec remains fearful about crime. This fear is also higher in Québec than in Ontario, even though these provinces share similar crime rates.

Fear is more prevalent among women and the elderly, people living in precarious socioeconomic conditions, social isolation and people who experienced victimization in the past. Negative perceptions about criminal issues in their neighborhood are also associated with fear of crime.

Unemployment impacts the link between low income and stress

When a person is employed, low income does not appear to increase the risk of perceiving stress levels as high or moderate. However, low income increases more strongly this risk when a person is unemployed.

In addition, low income equally increases the risk of a person perceiving their health as poor, whether they are employed or not.

Mobility of the Québec population dominated by cars

In 2010, just over three-quarters of Quebecers reported cars as being their main mode of transport, against about 13% for public transit. This low percentage is the result of public transit services deemed insufficient, coupled with a high level of private vehicle ownership.

In the population with access to public transit, regular use was more common among young people and people with low-income. Finally, those with a household income of over $100,000 were also more likely to use this mode of transportation.


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