30 percent of the children in Canadian schools are immigrants themselves or have at least one parent who is an immigrant. The count is 23 percent in the US. However, as compared to the US, Canadian education standards are much higher as the Program for International Assessment ranked it as one of the highest performing education systems across the globe. The assessments test 15 years old from 70 countries to develop the ranking system.
The test is taken of both immigrant and native children, but only after three years, immigrant children enter the country. One of the biggest reasons why Canadian education is so strong is because the country has a history of highly educated skilled immigrants entering the country through a merit-based system, while the US uses a lottery-based system for welcoming immigrants. The reports are pretty surprising because according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, immigrant children fare badly as compared to native children. But it seems like; the board’s statement is merely a myth.
According to Louis Volante, who works as an education professor at Brock University in Ontario, immigrant children face double burden including adjusting to a new way of doing things and low socioeconomic status, which is common among most immigrants. Refugee children have a triple disadvantage, which includes these two burdens and trauma either because of war or natural disaster.
The reason behind Canada’s success
Canada’s immigration policy selects people on a scoring system. Better the skills set, language proficiency in either English or French and ability to adapt to a new environment, higher is the score. In a study, it was found that wealthy immigrant children in the US fare a lot worse than same category children in Canada. It is an excellent indicator that Canada provides more opportunities to immigrant children than the US.