Feb. 17, 2017

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Canada's immigration process prioritizes applicants based on education, work experience and language skills. This means applicants with advanced degrees are often the first accepted, but once they arrive in Canada many still struggle to find work in their fields.

These are the stories of four Londoners.

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Mohamed El-Shamy and his wife Azza Farag emigrated to Canada nine years ago. After finally landing a job as a sonographer in Windsor, El-Shamy says he was later fired for being overqualifed.

"I want to help. I want this society to get the benefit of my experience."

To independently practice medicine in Canada, beyond having a medical degree from an accredited school, an international graduate must complete a minimum of three exams and hold Canadian citizenship or permanent residency.

Since arriving in Ontario, Azza Farag and her husband have spent over nine years trying to have their credentials recognized.

For Azza, the problem isn't just that she's lost her ability to practice, it's that she's lost a part of herself.

"My profession is part of my personality."

Mona El-Amoury graduated from Cairo University with advanced degrees in clinical pathology. She thought her 20 years in medicine would help her find a job.

"They didn't calculate any of that. That's the problem."

Mohammad Yaqoub came to Canada one year ago with a medical degree and a master's degree in human resources from Afghanistan. He was hoping to improve the life of his family. Yaqoub did not anticipate the lengthy credential-recognition process.

"Nobody still has given me the chance to show that I have these skills."

OVERQUALIFIED is an MMJC project by Paula Duhatschek, Stephanie Gordon, Sara Sleiman and Scott Leitch.

It is a part of diversityinlondon.ca.

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