2002 Chilo was approached by an older lady in a mall with our youngest Kevin (he was one then)
She said "Oh what a cute little boy, have you been babysitting him long" ...
Now a days it never comes up.
Canada still has it's intolerance but it is much lower than in years and decades back. My Dad still relates on how the dumb Dutch were regarded worse than the Scottish and Irish in the 60's .
Some (Most?) will eventually return as well. One BIL of mine has sold everything and it just finishing off the papers to move back .
And that is the Key. If enough native sons and daughters get training a brod and return things can only get better .
There will always be bad apples.. Just look and the Miss America kerfuffle today.. Give a redneck a twitter account and it becomes a poster boy for US intolerance which is largely incorrect.
Once again on a totally unrelated note (sorry FYL), about the Miss America Pageant -- Miss Massachusetts is my daughters dance teacher. Naturally we were rooting for the hometown girl.
...show more working class Southern whites will vote for blacks than middle class or upper class whites will. Harvey Gantt won running for Mayor of Charlotte in all the precincts except the upper middle class one. Roanoke, VA, had a black mayor with a white majority vote (I even heard that the whites liked him better than the blacks did).
If the teenagers are still hanging out together in mixed race groups, there is vanishingly little racism in that community (Albany, NY, parts of Philadelphia). Otherwise, they're reflecting what their parents say in private.
These numbers are not that surprising, as Nica is not a destination spot for education, jobs, or opportunity.
My SIL and BIL and my girls primos and prima will be part of the net migration number, as they will be moving to Canada. Lots of empty space up there that needs to be filled up. While y'all are moving down to retire they are moving up there to pay your SSN :)
And we didn't pay in one red cent did we?
By the way in Canada its CPP (based on what you have paid in) and OAS is based on living there, ergo contributing to the country and/or paying taxes for 40 years.
And there is nothing to say where you have to spend it when you get it.
So please tell these kids the truth Eh?, Or tell them to ask a Canadian.
It is CPP .
Your employer pays 4%, you pay 4%.
You can start to take Pension @ 60 yrs old @ 80% of your rate. 65 = 100 % of your rate.
If you were born after 1954 (I think) you do not get OAS (Old Age Security) until you are 67. OAS right now is something like $368 or so a month.
About 12 yrs ago they started to dabble in the markets to stop being a ponzie scheme, or at least try.. So far I think that 10% of their payout is derrived from investments. The rest from direct payins. (Deposits of contributors)
From 2012 to 2016, the Government will gradually change this early pension reduction from 0.5% to 0.6% per month. This means that, by 2016, if you start receiving your CPP pension at the age of 60, your pension amount will be 36% less than it would have been if you had taken it at 65.
Also, watch this trap: Starting in 2012, if you are under 65 and you work while receiving your CPP retirement pension, you and your employer will have to make mandatory CPP contributions. These contributions go toward the new Post-Retirement Benefit (PRB).
Yes, they changed the age from 65 to 67 but it's phased in. The birth year is 1964, not 1954.
I'll be asking two new Canadians in about 2 months!
to ask might be, How many WOULD leave if they could? To a steady job with good wages and an opportunity to move up the food chain for themselves and their family?
Before someone answers, "they can go to Costa Rica", let me say, that's not the quality of opportunity I had in mind. Canada and the US are the only countries I know of that offer that level of mobility. Europe is not exactly welcoming immigrants these days.
I spoke to a young man yesterday who is studying medicine in Leon. He hopes to do his residency in Spain. Little opportunity in the US because of the quality of the medical education here, and he doesn't want to go to Cuba or Venezuela. Still, you do what you have to do for that brass ring.
Or, you sit around waiting for the next remittance from family in the US, or from your wife working 7 x 12 in a hotel in Guanacaste. Not a bad way to go, if you can stomach it -and it seems many Nicas can.
Canada is actually very fortunate to be getting talent like my SIL and BIL.
They have worked there before (SIL) and when they visited, I got an earful of anti-USA Canuck propaganda. Don't worry about them assimilating.
That just returned from a 3 week visit to Canada...Canada is not as welcoming to immigrants as they once used to be. Problem is many of these new immigrants do not want to adjust to Canadas lifestyle--they expect Canada to bend to theirs--which is ticking a lot of people off!! Ok..back on topic,lol
Human being, sigh, to quote a SF fan acquaintance.
I suspect that everyone does that. Even I have days when I just want to talk English.
A young friend of mine here and I have had the leaving for the US conversation and I realized that for someone who is making $6 a day in tourism here, who has some English, and whose housing here may be a shared bed in a house full of family, the idea of making something like $5 an hour and paying $200 of that for a bed in a shared house with men (possibly women) from all over Latin America in a somewhat dangerous US neighborhood is actually an improvement for him.
I suspect that most human beings see how they grew up as normal for human life. My first contact with Nicaraguans was tutoring a freshman who had to hear it from two people that "Yes, this is really how English works" and he accepted that his classroom teacher did know what she was talking about, but this meant that English "was redundant" to require the pronoun with the verb.
In the context of the rest of the world.
The one I saw wasn't ordered by net migration.
So Costa Rica is the only country in Central America that gains migrants; Belize breaks even; all the others lose migrants with Panama at -0.38, Honduras at -1.22, Guatemala at -2.08, Nicaragua at -3.4, and El Salvador at -8.78.
3.26 for every 1,000 x 1,000 to get a per million figure then x 6 for the population.
Its about 19,500 a year or one good Hockey Arena full.
A significant number as they are all or most likely working age.
-3.26 per thousand, that's about equal with Cleveland.
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