* Many immigrant taxi drivers are overqualified for their jobs, can't find work in their field
During a break from picking up passengers outside Quebec City's airport, Karim removes a piece of cardboard hanging on the wall of the trailer and places it on the ground, he stands on it, and begins evening prayers.
Across the small, narrow trailer the television is broadcasting Thursday's funeral service in Montreal held for three of the six men murdered in a mosque across town.
Taxi drivers such as Karim, 53, who didn't want to use his last name, are thankful for the outpouring of warmth towards the Muslim community from people across the city since last weekend's shootings.
Karim, who came to Quebec from Morocco in 1991, completed a master's at Laval University in 1996 in management.
"I sent hundreds of resumes, he said, about his job search after graduating. "I got two interviews.
Government and private-sector research over the past 10 years consistently indicate immigrants, particularly visible minorities, have higher unemployment rates in Quebec than the rest of the population.
The left-leaning, Quebec-based research group IRIS, indicated in 2016 that 43 per cent of immigrants are overqualified for the jobs they hold.
'Nothing ever changes'
Couillard spoke about the need for employers to hire people not based on their last name, but on their competence.
"A lot has been heard this week,'' Couillard told the funeral gathering in Quebec City on Friday, regarding the kind words from citizens expressing love towards the city's Muslim minority.
"Let's hope a lot has been learned.''
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