Immigrants who work in Canada before making a permanent move earn more money and are more likely to remain employed, according to two new studies.

In Two-step Immigration Selection: Skilled Work Experience vs. Pre-arranged Jobs, the fifth of Ottawa's Economic Insight Series of studies, the authors note having a pre-arranged job and previous Canadian work experience at a good-paying job before coming to Canada is a surer bet for immigrants.

"With otherwise similar characteristics, immigrants with a pre-arranged job earned 15 per cent more than those without a pre-arranged job in the first two years after immigration, while immigrants with high pre-landing Canadian earnings earned almost twice as those without pre-landing Canadian earnings," wrote the study's authors.

During the past two decades, there has been a growing trend in Canada to select economic immigrants from among temporary foreign workers. That's resulted in the share of immigrants coming to Canada with previous Canadian earnings jumping from 12 to 59 per cent in the 18 years ending in 2018.

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