Poverty Among Visible Minorities

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Poverty today, lives among every nation. Dating back as early as the great depression, it's tremendous, yet disastrous effects has never seemed to halt, while it cripples a nations social image and persecutes its victims to its highest extent. Although poverty is a very popular word used to describe the third world countries, here in Canada, people seem to be oblivious to the existence of poverty within our own society. It has given a new meaning by defining the poorness of a wealthy and developed nation like Canada.

The poverty rate in Canada has increasingly risen from single digit to double digits, from 1960 to 1990. Several statistics shown by the Canadian Council on Social Development (CCSD) National Task Force in Canada, reveals a very disturbing trend that serious deprivation does exist in Canada. Poverty in Canada is unique in it's own way as it is divided into two main factors: the cause/effect of poverty and the victims of poverty.

This essay is focused on the victims of poverty.

Although poverty in Canada may seem to strike the overall population in general, there is one major class of people that poverty exploits the most "" they are know as the Visible Minorities. A person in a visible minority in Canada is someone (other than an Aboriginal person) who is non-white in colour/race, regardless of place of birth. This includes persons from the following visible minority groups or origins: Black, Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Korean, and South Asian/East Indian. These "˜visible minorities' are prone to suffer poverty at its greatest when compared to others, because of the unfamiliarity with the language(s) of Canada, the mismatch of occupational skills and job demands, possible racial discriminatory practices, and single parents who are unfamiliar with the economic and social lifestyle in Canadian cities. All...