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Research Implications for Future Policy
Edited by Kenise Murphy Kilbride
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.
Table of Contents
Foreword – Baha Abu-LabanAcknowledgementsIntroduction – Kenise Murphy KilbrideSECTION I: THE CANADIAN ECONOMY AND EXAMPLES OF IMMIGRANTS’ ECONOMIC INTEGRATIONChapter 1: Temporary Natives, Perpetual Foreigners: The Secondary Status of Temporary Foreign Workers in Canada and Structural Barriers to Their Inclusion – Yixuan Wang and Li ZongChapter 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 AbboudChapter 3: Strengthening Canada’s Digital Economy through Internationally Educated Professionals – H. Sam BourgiChapter 4: Toward Improving the Relationship between Educational Credentials and Employment for Immigrants with Disabilities – Robert Sweet, Maria Adamuti-Trache, Paul Anisef, and Sharon-Dale StoneChapter 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 LuxtonSECTION II: EXAMINING THE SOCIAL INTEGRATION OF IMMIGRANTS IN CANADAChapter 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 PatychukChapter 7: Welcoming Capacities of Rural and Urban Canadian Communities – Darren E. Lund and Parvinder Hira-FriesenChapter 8: Welcoming Communities Initiative: A Test in Toronto’s Thorncliffe Park – Sandeep Agrawal and Job RutgersChapter 9: Recent Immigrants’ Housing Experiences and Coping Strategies in the Suburbs of Vancouver – Carlos TeixeiraChapter 10: Housing Experiences of Users of Settlement Services for Newcomers in Montreal: Does Immigration Status Matter? – Damaris Rose and Alexandra CharetteChapter 11: Educational Integration of Immigrant Children and Youth: Policy Ineffectiveness and Its Consequences for Learners and Society – Yan Guo and Yvonne HébertSECTION III: MAINTAINING HEALTH WHILE INTEGRATING INTO CANADAChapter 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 GilkinsonChapter 13: Health Status of Newcomer Children: From Research to Policy – Virginia Lane, Hassan Vatanparast, and Judy WhiteChapter 14: Perspectives on Female Genital Cutting and Change among Newcomer Men, Women, and Youth – Paula Migliardi and Shereen DenettoChapter 15: Issues of Cultural Diversity in Long-Term Care for Immigrant Seniors – Douglas Durst and Susan BarrassSECTION IV: CULTURAL CHALLENGES, ADAPTATIONS, AND RESILIENCE: SUPPORTING THE INTEGRATION OF SPECIFIC IMMIGRANT COMMUNITIESChapter 16: Professional Identity at the Heart of Belonging: Insights from a Case Study of Turkish Canadians – Serperi SevgurChapter 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 SehgalChapter 18: Cattle, Money, and the Search for “Good Girls”: Shifting Gender Relations and Transnational Marriage among South Sudanese Refugees in Canada – Martha FanjoyChapter 19: Searching for Signs in New Spaces: A Semiotic Approach to Cultural Transmission in a Tibetan Community in Toronto – John RobertsonGlossaryContributor BiographiesCopyright AcknowledgementsIndex