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Highly qualified Muslim immigrants face employment discrimination

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Last week, Quebec business interests sounded an alarm about the negative economic ramifications on the province of the proposed values charter.

First the Conseil du patronat and then the head of a cable and media company warned that Bill 60 would discourage immigrants needed for economic growth.

This issue arose the first day of the charter hearings last month, when the leader of a Muslim organization talked about a crisis among families of highly qualified North Africans who are being shut out of jobs in their fields.

Samira Laouni, of Communication pour l’ouverture et le rapprochement interculturel, estimated that current unemployment in the North African community is around 30 per cent — even though overall unemployment in Montreal is roughly 8 per cent.

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