They left everything and crossed the ocean to live in New Brunswick. They were promised jobs, a warm welcome and a bilingual community. Promises that do not represent the reality and eventually push many to leave the province.
In October 2016, Florence and Nicolas Fizellier, from France, settled in Shippagan, where they live with their two children. They are among the 149 francophone immigrants who arrived that year. But then, a year later, the dream that was sold to them turned into a nightmare for the family.
The couple wanted to take over a restaurant in Shippagan, on the Acadian Peninsula. During an exploratory trip, everyone encouraged them, says Florence Fizellier. Residents, banks and associations: all had only good words for Acadia.
“We were unveiled the red carpet. We were sold a province with job opportunities, bilingualism, entrepreneurial opportunities. » – Florence Fizellier
It was only after the move was over that they were told that catering was not a good place to invest and that no bank would lend them. “So we did two and a half years of process based on this perspective of entrepreneurship and, 15 days after our arrival, we are told that this is not a good niche. ”
Florence then tried her luck on the job market. An approach that has also proved difficult. “I sent my application to an Acadian company for a position that corresponded to the letter. I was told that people in Acadia were given preference. ”
After a year of effort and disappointment, the young family can not take it anymore. The boxes are already made: she leaves to live in Quebec in the coming weeks. “Here we go because we feel cheated, used. My point of view is that the exploratory trip is to inflate tourism numbers. ”