THERE will be no hero's welcome for Chinese political dissidents arriving to start a new life in Canada, a mainland refugee in Vancouver warned yesterday. 'They will just quietly mix with the community,' said Jane Chang (not her real name). Ms Chang, 32, fled to Canada six years ago after being branded a traitor by Beijing for her role in anti-government demonstrations. Canadian settlement worker Young Yi said mainland dissidents had more trouble than Hong Kong immigrants settling in their new country. 'Coming here can be very painful for mainland Chinese,' she said. 'They don't have any job skills in Canada. They have much greater cultural difficulties than Hong Kong people, who are more Western and have better language skills.' Canada's 10 per cent unemployment rate puts candidates with weak English skills at the back of job queues. Ms Chang said job hunting in Canada could be soul destroying. 'If you are willing to take a low-paying job in Chinatown, you can probably find something,' she said. 'But if you want to find a really good job - no way.' New arrivals also face cultural barriers. Ms Chang speaks flawless English but is still intimidated by the thought of working for a Western boss. Different languages and backgrounds separate mainland refugees from Canada's burgeoning population of wealthy Hong Kong immigrants. 'Mainland Chinese people have their own circle,' Ms Chang said. 'We live in the same areas and socialise together.' Last year, 239 of the 3,479 political refugees arriving at Vancouver International Airport came from China. Ms Chang now owns a successful travel business in Chinatown. She sometimes misses her family in Shanghai, but she says she relishes the fresh air and quiet.