Canadian scholars
Engaging ideas, transforming minds
Engaging ideas, transforming minds
2014 immigrant integration cvr
384 pages
6.75 x 9.75 inches
May 2014
Print ISBN: 9781551305684
eBook ISBN: 9781551305707
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Examining the issues and challenges facing immigrants as they attempt to integrate successfully into Canadian society, Immigrant Integration is a multidisciplinary compendium of research papers, most of which were presented at the 14th National Metropolis Conference, held in Toronto in 2012. This book addresses the growing economic and educational inequality among immigrants and racialized populations in Canada and seeks to guard against further inequities. The authors address policy issues, newcomers’ health and well-being, cultural challenges, and resilience in immigrant communities. Each chapter concludes with a clear set of policy recommendations indicating how those in government and the broader public, private, and non-profit sectors can help newcomers integrate, as well as welcome them as significantly contributing members of Canadian society.

Thorough and relevant, this book includes the research of academics, policy-makers, and experts from a wide range of disciplines, including sociology, immigration and settlement, public policy, social work, and geography. With a sense of urgency, these essays illustrate the existing and developing strains that Canadian public policy has created and will continue to create unless built upon the evidence current research has produced.


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Table of Contents

Foreword – Baha Abu-Laban
Acknowledgements
Introduction – Kenise Murphy Kilbride

SECTION I: THE CANADIAN ECONOMY AND EXAMPLES OF IMMIGRANTS’ ECONOMIC INTEGRATION
Chapter 1: Temporary Natives, Perpetual Foreigners: The Secondary Status of Temporary Foreign Workers in Canada and Structural Barriers to Their Inclusion – Yixuan Wang and Li Zong
Chapter 2: “But Hey, I’m Not Here for Myself Only!” The Chase for Permanent Residency by “Semi-Skilled” International Migrant Workers (or Temporary Foreign Workers) in Southern Alberta – Rida Abboud
Chapter 3: Strengthening Canada’s Digital Economy through Internationally Educated Professionals – H. Sam Bourgi
Chapter 4: Toward Improving the Relationship between Educational Credentials and Employment for Immigrants with Disabilities – Robert Sweet, Maria Adamuti-Trache, Paul Anisef, and Sharon-Dale Stone
Chapter 5: Worked to Death: Diverse Experiences of Economic Security among Older Immigrants – Valerie Preston, Natalie Weiser, Katharine King, Nancy Mandell, Ann H. Kim, and Meg Luxton

SECTION II: EXAMINING THE SOCIAL INTEGRATION OF IMMIGRANTS IN CANADA
Chapter 6: A Critical Review of Social Exclusion and Inclusion Indicators: Implications for the Development of a Canadian Framework – Ilene Hyman, Ruben Mercado, Grace-Edward Galabuzi, and Dianne Patychuk
Chapter 7: Welcoming Capacities of Rural and Urban Canadian Communities – Darren E. Lund and Parvinder Hira-Friesen
Chapter 8: Welcoming Communities Initiative: A Test in Toronto’s Thorncliffe Park – Sandeep Agrawal and Job Rutgers
Chapter 9: Recent Immigrants’ Housing Experiences and Coping Strategies in the Suburbs of Vancouver – Carlos Teixeira
Chapter 10: Housing Experiences of Users of Settlement Services for Newcomers in Montreal: Does Immigration Status Matter? – Damaris Rose and Alexandra Charette
Chapter 11: Educational Integration of Immigrant Children and Youth: Policy Ineffectiveness and Its Consequences for Learners and Society – Yan Guo and Yvonne Hébert

SECTION III: MAINTAINING HEALTH WHILE INTEGRATING INTO CANADA
Chapter 12: Mental Health and Well-Being of Recent Immigrants in Canada: Evidence from the Longitudinal Survey of Immigrants to Canada – Anne-Marie Robert and Tara Gilkinson
Chapter 13: Health Status of Newcomer Children: From Research to Policy – Virginia Lane, Hassan Vatanparast, and Judy White
Chapter 14: Perspectives on Female Genital Cutting and Change among Newcomer Men, Women, and Youth – Paula Migliardi and Shereen Denetto
Chapter 15: Issues of Cultural Diversity in Long-Term Care for Immigrant Seniors – Douglas Durst and Susan Barrass

SECTION IV: CULTURAL CHALLENGES, ADAPTATIONS, AND RESILIENCE: SUPPORTING THE INTEGRATION OF SPECIFIC IMMIGRANT COMMUNITIES
Chapter 16: Professional Identity at the Heart of Belonging: Insights from a Case Study of Turkish Canadians – Serperi Sevgur
Chapter 17: Immigration Fraud Patterns in Arranged Marriages between South Asian Canadians and Foreign Nationals: The Case for Policy and Procedural Change – Noorfarah Merali, Jasmine Bajwa,Taooz Yousaf, and Sonya Sehgal
Chapter 18: Cattle, Money, and the Search for “Good Girls”: Shifting Gender Relations and Transnational Marriage among South Sudanese Refugees in Canada – Martha Fanjoy
Chapter 19: Searching for Signs in New Spaces: A Semiotic Approach to Cultural Transmission in a Tibetan Community in Toronto – John Robertson

Glossary
Contributor Biographies
Copyright Acknowledgements
Index

Kenise Murphy Kilbride

Kenise Murphy Kilbride is Professor Emerita and Adjunct Professor in the Graduate Program in Immigration and Settlement and the School of Early Childhood Studies at Ryerson University.

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Reviews

"In 19 succinct chapters, Immigrant Integration is a timely, wide-ranging, and extremely well-researched collection of studies on immigration and immigrant integration by some of Canada’s leading experts. Sure to play a significant role in a number of ongoing debates on temporary migration, immigrant health, identity, and a host of related issues, this book is required reading for students, policy-makers, and researchers interested in immigration."
—  Philippe Couton, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Ottawa

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