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Digitalization and Artificial Intelligence in Migration and Mobility: Transnational Implications of the COVID-19 Pandemic (2021)
Posted on: November 29, 2021
This paper argues that recent changes brought about by COVID-19 highlight that computational advances need to incorporate human rights throughout design and development stages, extending well beyond technical feasibility. This also extends beyond tech company references to inclusivity and transparency and requires analysis of systemic risks to migration and mobility regimes arising from advances in AI and related technologies.
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Migration and Resilience in Urban Canada - Why Social Resilience, Why Now (2021) - two racialized women walking their bikes in the city
Migration and Resilience in Urban Canada - Why Social Resilience, Why Now (2021)
Posted on: November 27, 2021
Drawing on an extensive review of recent literature about resilience and integration, this paper evaluates a social resilience approach to the integration of newcomers in Canadian cities. The authors advocate a social resilience approach that acknowledges how institutions of all types play critical roles in newcomers’ efforts to establish their lives in new places, especially when faced with unanticipated events such as a global pandemic.
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Supporting Newcomers and Migrants in Rural Canada During and After COVID-19 (2020)
Posted on: November 27, 2021
This paper presents the current knowledge of how newcomers and migrants are being impacted by the pandemic, the responses of rural communities, and what this means for our understanding of rural immigration moving forward.
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Xenophobia and anti-immigrant attitudes in the time of COVID-19 (2020) - hands over survey data
Xenophobia and anti-immigrant attitudes in the time of COVID-19 (2020)
Posted on: November 27, 2021
In this paper the authors use social psychological and sociological theories to explore the anticipated effects on xenophobia and anti-immigrant attitudes worldwide. They discuss the implications for the spread of xenophobic and  anti-immigration attitudes, and provide some recommendations for future research in this area.
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“I Didn’t Feel Like a Human in There” - Immigration Detention in Canada and its Impact on Mental Health (2021)
Posted on: November 27, 2021
Based on research conducted between February 2020 and March 2021, this joint report by Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International documents serious international human rights violations that immigration detainees, particularly persons with psychosocial disabilities, face in Canada.
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Technology in Social Work Education - educators perspectives on the NASW technology standards for social work education and supervision (2018) - smiling women sitting at table
Technology in Social Work Education - educators perspectives on the NASW technology standards for social work education and supervision (2018)
Posted on: November 27, 2021
In this document, the authors address the need for all social work educators to have some basic understanding and competence in the use of technology and its impact on the field.
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The labour market outcomes of economic immigrants in the skilled trades (2021) - male black electrician at work
The labour market outcomes of economic immigrants in the skilled trades (2021)
Posted on: November 27, 2021
This article examines trends in the admission and labour market outcomes of economic immigrant principal applicants who intended to work in skilled trades.
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A Critical Literature Review on English as a Second Language (ESL) Provision for Newcomers, Including Global Citizenship Perspectives (2021)
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Posted on: November 27, 2021
This study focuses on the current state of funded ESL programming in Canada that interconnects with adult education for the economy and its relevance to supporting the integration and long-term settlement of adult Newcomers (Permanent Residents and Refugees).
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No shelter from the storm - the urgent need to recognise and protect climate refugees (2021) - boat in dry riverbed
No shelter from the storm - the urgent need to recognise and protect climate refugees (2021)
Posted on: November 27, 2021
In this report the Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) advocates for the development of a new legal framework for the protection of climate refugees that recognize climate-induced displacement and protects those displaced by weather-related hazards (estimated at over 21 million people per year).
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Finding Employment Barriers and Challenges for Newcomers and Racialized Individuals (2021) - East Asian men and women looking at computer screen
Finding Employment: Barriers and Challenges for Newcomers and Racialized Individuals (2021)
Posted on: November 27, 2021
As part of a project to work with small and medium employers to help them understand the benefits of hiring Newcomer and Racialized workers, ACCES Employment surveyed past program participants with an Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) survey about their thoughts, experiences and recommendations, particularly around employment issues pertaining to racial and gender discrimination.
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Research and knowledge mobilization in the GTA’s immigrant and refugee-serving sector: A needs assessment (2021) - researcher looking at information on wall
Research and knowledge mobilization in the GTA’s immigrant and refugee-serving sector: A needs assessment (2021)
Posted on: November 27, 2021
The Community Knowledge Program began as an initiative to build capacity for research and knowledge mobilization within immigrant and refugee-serving agencies in the GTA, in order to improve settlement services for newcomers to Canada. To this end, Wellesley Institute has conducted a needs assessment to understand current capacity and skills, as well as existing initiatives and any gaps in knowledge, in community-based research and knowledge mobilization in the sector.
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Digital Messaging for Settlement and Integration (DMSI) Environmental Scan (2018) - smartphone with messaging app icons
Digital Messaging for Settlement and Integration (DMSI) Environmental Scan (2018)
Posted on: November 25, 2021
This scan provides a snapshot of the use of digital messaging in direct service delivery by Canadian Immigrant and Refugee-serving organizations.
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Valued Workers, Valuable Work: The Current and Future Role of (Im)migrant Talent (2021) - 2 women of colour looking at computer
Valued Workers, Valuable Work: The Current and Future Role of (Im)migrant Talent (2021)
Posted on: November 14, 2021
Canada’s economic immigration system focuses on highly educated immigrants, but this does not always correspond with the labour demand in essential sectors. This impact paper suggests several possible solutions.
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Evaluating and improving e-mental health services - a guiding framework for evaluating e-mental health services (2020) - 3 east Asian women sitting at computer together
Evaluating and improving e-mental health services - a guiding framework for evaluating e-mental health services (2020)
Posted on: November 14, 2021
In this useful framework document, the Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health (the Centre) and Children’s Mental Health Ontario (CMHO) provide an approach to evaluate current virtual care (or digital, hybrid/blended service delivery).
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Virtual Care Equity Matrix: No One Is Left Behind (2021) - hierarhy of digital equity needs pyramid
Virtual Care Equity Matrix: No One Is Left Behind (2021)
Posted on: November 14, 2021
The Virtual Care Equity Matrix outlines key equity issues that must be addressed address in the delivery of virtual care. It highlights the conditions necessary for everyone to access high quality, timely, equitable, and person-centred virtual care.
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Equity guide for nonprofit technology (2020) - 3 black women looking at computer together
Equity guide for nonprofit technology (2020)
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NTEN  
Posted on: November 14, 2021
This 2020 NTEN guide provides a set of guidelines addressing the equitable use, creation, and funding of technology in the nonprofit sector.
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Software solutions for Canadian immigrant-serving settlement agencies (2021)
Software solutions for Canadian immigrant-serving settlement agencies (2021)
Posted on: October 27, 2021
Researchers looked at the landscape of technology solutions available to immigrant and refugee-serving agencies, focusing on Customer Relationships Management (CRM), Case Management, Non-profit Software, Database Information Management Systems (DIMS), and Digital Business Platforms.
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Envisioning the Future of the Immigrant-Serving Sector - focus group narrative report (2021)
Envisioning the Future of the Immigrant-Serving Sector - focus group narrative report (2021)
Posted on: October 27, 2021
As part of the second phase of the ACS-WES project Envisioning the Future of the Immigrant-Serving Sector, four focus groups were conducted with experts in the settlement sector.
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The Medium Is the Message - WeChat, YouTube, and Facebook Usage and Acculturation Outcomes (2021)
The Medium Is the Message - WeChat, YouTube, and Facebook Usage and Acculturation Outcomes (2021)
Posted on: October 13, 2021
Social media usage has been recognized as an integral part of immigrants’ acculturation experiences, yet research on social media is just emerging, and more detailed understanding is needed. In this report, researchers sought to understand how Chinese immigrants’ social media use influences their acculturation experiences. They looked at which social media platforms Chinese immigrants use and for what purposes, as well as what influence social media use has on their acculturation process in Canada. Their findings echo and reinforce what we have heard and know about newcomer use of social media and information practices, offering additional evidence and practical tips for immigrant and refugee-serving organizations.
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Overcoming Digital Divides (2021)
Overcoming Digital Divides (2021)
Posted on: August 21, 2021
This series highlights digital divides across Canada, in hopes that by recognizing the interrelated issues of internet access, adoption and quality, a clearer path toward meaningful digital inclusion and equity can better shape our technology governance and digital policies.
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A Data Governance Framework for Health Data Collected from Black Communities in Ontario (2021)
A Data Governance Framework for Health Data Collected from Black Communities in Ontario (2021)
Posted on: August 21, 2021
This report introduces the Engagement, Governance, Access, and Protection (EGAP) Framework, developed by Black health sector leaders and health equity experts in Ontario to guide the  collection, management, analysis, and use of race-based data from Black communities in ways that advance health equity.
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Vaccine hesitancy in Canada and the United States (2021)
Vaccine hesitancy in Canada and the United States (2021)
Posted on: August 21, 2021
This report reviews vaccine hesitancy among Indigenous Peoples, Black people, immigrant, and native-born populations in Canada and the U.S.
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The Political Economy of a Modern Pandemic: Assessing Impacts of COVID-19 on Migrants and Immigrants in Canada (2021)
The Political Economy of a Modern Pandemic: Assessing Impacts of COVID-19 on Migrants and Immigrants in Canada (2021)
Posted on: August 21, 2021
This paper explores the COVID-19 crisis with a focus on immigration and migration in Canada using a political economy lens.
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Born in Facebook: The Refugee Crisis and Grassroots Connective Action in Hungary (2016)
Born in Facebook: The Refugee Crisis and Grassroots Connective Action in Hungary (2016)
Posted on: August 20, 2021
This article explores the impact of social networking sites on social movements and collective action. Literature on the subject ranges from celebratory claims to critical stances. However, the more sophisticated approach conceptualizing “connective action” broadens the theoretical scope. The case of Migration Aid, a Hungarian Facebook-based grassroots relief group for refugees, is such an example.
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COVID-19 and digital humanitarian action - Trends, risks and the path forward (2021)
COVID-19 and digital humanitarian action - Trends, risks and the path forward (2021)
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Posted on: August 20, 2021
The goal of this report is to look at how the Mobile for Humanitarian Innovation (M4H) portfolio shifted or maintained services in humanitarian contexts using mobile technology, and how  MNOs engaged in this process. It also explores current trends in digital humanitarian programming.
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The Role of Information in the Settlement Experiences of Refugee Students (2016)
The Role of Information in the Settlement Experiences of Refugee Students (2016)
Posted on: August 20, 2021
This exploratory pilot study is the beginning of a project to evaluate, designe and reconfigure information sources and how they are delivered to  facilitate essential information practices that aid the settlement process.
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Sharpening our public health lens - advancing immigrant health equity during COVID-19 and beyond (2021)
Sharpening our public health lens: advancing im/migrant health equity during COVID-19 and beyond (2021)
Posted on: August 20, 2021
Differential impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic have brought deeply rooted inequities to the forefront, where increasing evidence has shown that racialized immigrant and migrant  (im/migrant) populations face a disproportionate burden of COVID-19. This commentary aims to highlight the need for public  health and clinical training, research, and policy to thoughtfully prioritize im/migrant health equity during and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Make or Break - How middle managers and executives can build immigrant-inclusive teams (2021)
Posted on: August 20, 2021
This study looks at how executives can support middle management to be more inclusive – and what middle managers can do to pave the way for immigrant success in their teams.
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Improving refugee integration through data-driven algorithmic assignment (2018)
Improving refugee integration through data-driven algorithmic assignment (2018)
Posted on: August 20, 2021
The authors developed a flexible data-driven algorithm that assigns refugees across resettlement locations to improve integration outcomes.The algorithm uses a combination of supervised machine learning and optimal matching to discover and leverage  synergies between refugee characteristics and resettlement sites.
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Virtual group therapy: Evidence summary for child and youth mental health service providers (2020)
Posted on: August 20, 2021
The Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health (the Centre) has reviewed the latest evidence on the implementation and effectiveness of virtual group therapy for children and young people. Here, we share the specific questions and search strategy that guided this review and present a summary of our findings, practice considerations and areas for future work.
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Supporting Canada’s COVID-19 Resilience and Recovery Through Robust Immigration Policy and Programs (2021)
Supporting Canada’s COVID-19 Resilience and Recovery Through Robust Immigration Policy and Programs (2021)
Posted on: August 20, 2021
The importance of immigration for Canada will continue to grow and be an integral component of the country’s post-COVID-19 recovery. To succeed, it is essential to take stock, to re-evaluate Canada’s immigration and integration policies and programs, and to expand Canada’s global leadership in this area.
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Why Migrants Stay in Small and Mid-Sized Canadian Cities: Towards a New Analytical Framework Using a Life Course Approach (2020)
Posted on: August 20, 2021
This paper proposes an analytical framework to study immobility that centres migrants’ lived experiences and aspirations, using a life-course approach. The author argues that, asking why migrants stay, as opposed to why they leave, allows migration researchers to better understand the nuanced ways in which migrants form decisions to move to, stay in, build their lives in specific cities over time, in destination countries.
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Teaching in COVID-19 Times: Challenges, innovations, solutions, and opportunities (2021)
Posted on: August 20, 2021
Based on research presented at the TESL Ontario Conference in November 2020, the authors examine here the challenges, innovations, solutions, and opportunities in education that have grown out of the sudden disruption and constraints due to COVID-19.
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Newcomer Navigation from Coast to Coast - Pan-Canadian Needs Assessment (2020)
Posted on: August 20, 2021
The National Newcomer Navigation Network (N4) is a national network for the diversity of  professionals who assist newcomers in navigating the complex Canadian health and social services system. To inform the development of its N4 Platform and online certificate program in  newcomer navigation with Saint-Paul University, N4 undertook a pan-Canadian needs assessment of both sectors.
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Information and Communication Technology and the Social Inclusion of Refugees (2016)
Information and Communication Technology and the Social Inclusion of Refugees (2016)
Posted on: August 19, 2021
The social inclusion of newly resettled refugees is a significant issue confronting both refugees and their host societies. Information and communication technologies (ICTs) are increasingly  viewed as a useful resource in programs that provide settlement services or promote participation in society. This paper moves beyond the conventional discussion on the digital divide to  explore what people are actually able to do and achieve with ICTs.
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Settlement 3.0 - Innovation is in our DNA (2021)
Settlement 3.0 - Innovation is in our DNA (2021)
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Posted on: August 17, 2021
This research builds on PeaceGeeks' previous Settlement 2.0 project focused on innovation and technology adoption. In this phase, researchers sought to validate previous findings and explore new themes by taking a deeper dive into regional and small centre perspectives.
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Immigrants and the Creative Economy (2019)
Immigrants and the Creative Economy (2019)
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Posted on: August 12, 2021
This study focused on how immigrant artists and creative sector workers are integrated into Toronto’s creative economy – and the services that help them do so. The study has two principal components: 1. Documentation of the services and programs offered to immigrants to Canada who may desire to integrate into Toronto’s creative economy, and 2. An analysis of the entry points used by immigrants to access Toronto’s creative economy.
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Growing Impact - Post-secondary International Students in Toronto (2018)
Growing Impact - Post-secondary International Students in Toronto (2018)
Posted on: August 12, 2021
Approximately one-fourth of Canada’s international students study in Toronto, and their presence adds to existing diversity on campuses and in communities. This report documents international student trends and to better understand their impact on Toronto’s economic, social and post-secondary educational infrastructure.
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Global Talent for SMEs - Building Bridges and Making Connections (2012)
Global Talent for SMEs - Building Bridges and Making Connections (2012)
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Posted on: August 12, 2021
This report summarizes the findings of a year-long study of promising, new or innovative initiatives that can help connect SMEs with the skilled immigrant labour pool.
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Exploring the Practices of Refugee Settlement Practitioners in Toronto: An Institutional Ethnography (2020)
Exploring the Practices of Refugee Settlement Practitioners in Toronto: An Institutional Ethnography (2020)
Posted on: August 12, 2021
Settlement service organizations play an essential role in supporting newcomers to Canada; however, the processes that practitioners engage in when working with people navigating the refugee system remain understudied. This study explores the institutional ruling relations that regulate refugees’ settlement process in Toronto from the standpoint view of practitioners.
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Exploring belonging: Experiences of refugee children and families in Camp Cosmos (2019)
Exploring belonging: Experiences of refugee children and families in Camp Cosmos (2019)
Posted on: August 12, 2021
This research describes the experiences of campers, parents and staff who were part of Camp Cosmos in the summer of 2018, highlighting their perspectives on the Camp’s strengths and key benefits as well as areas of improvement.
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Experiences of discrimination during the COVID-19 pandemic (2020)
Experiences of discrimination during the COVID-19 pandemic (2020)
Posted on: August 12, 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic has intensified pre-existing inequities in Canadian society and has highlighted the need for more granular data about the social impacts of COVID-19. This release provided an overview of discrimination experienced by Canadians over the course of the pandemic, as well as the relationship between experiences of discrimination and various measures of trust and sense of belonging.
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Building a Knowledge‐Driven Nonprofit Sector - 2019‐2020 Alberta Nonprofit Data Strategy Final Report and Project Plans (2020)
Building a Knowledge‐Driven Nonprofit Sector - 2019‐2020 Alberta Nonprofit Data Strategy Final Report and Project Plans (2020)
Posted on: August 12, 2021
The Alberta Nonprofit Data Strategy was launched in 2018 to enhance the nonprofit and voluntary sector’s use of data. This project interviewed informants about the current state of data capacity, data sharing, and the access and use of open data in the nonprofit and voluntary sector, and what steps were required at organization and sector levels to appropriately meet the needs of the sector. Informants also considered how a data hub could support the sector’s use of data.
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A guide to digital maturity assessments (2019)
Posted on: August 12, 2021
This guide is intended to support those in charities and other social sector organizations to navigate the landscape of digital maturity frameworks and diagnostic tools.
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The Effects of Blended Learning in LINC - A LearnIT2teach Demonstration Project (2019)
Posted on: August 12, 2021
This report presents the background, procedures, main findings, and implications of the research project “Researching the Effects of Blended Learning in LINC” conducted by the LearnIT2Teach Project during September 2017 – June 2018. The purpose of the research project was to examine the effects of blended learning for learning and teaching in LINC (Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada), the language and settlement program for immigrants funded by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
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2016-2017 LearnIT2Teach LINC Program Impact Evaluation Report (2018)
2016-2017 LearnIT2Teach LINC Program Impact Evaluation Report (2018)
Posted on: August 12, 2021
To better understand the opportunities and challenges of blended learning uptake in LINC programs, the LearnIT2teach project conducted two surveys of LINC administrators and instructors (2012 and 2016-17) focused on the implementation of learning technologies in LINC programs undertaken in Ontario and across Canada.
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Learning Technology Innovation Leadership - Course Evaluation & Lessons for the Settlement Training Sector (2018)
Learning Technology Innovation Leadership - Course Evaluation & Lessons for the Settlement Training Sector (2018)
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Posted on: August 12, 2021
This report provides an evaluation of Learning Technology and Innovation Leadership courses delivered between 2015 and 2017.
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Narrative and Evaluation Report - Blended Learning Innovation for IRCC Settlement Language Training (2016)
Posted on: August 12, 2021
This is the evaluation report on the LearnIT2teach project to 31 March 2016. It reflects the experience of the project to March 2016, and the central role that evaluation plays in guiding  development of the project’s products and assessing its impact on Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) programs.
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Exploration of Newcomers’ Access to Internet Literacy (2012)
Exploration of Newcomers’ Access to Internet Literacy (2012)
Posted on: August 12, 2021
The purpose of this study was to examine how the distribution of resources within and outside an Enhanced Language Training Program (ELT) affected a group of newcomers’ access to Internet literacy development; and to discuss ensuing pedagogical and curricular implications for the ELT Program.
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Are Canada’s Charities Ready for Digital Transformation? Digital Skills Survey Results (2021)
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Posted on: August 12, 2021
The Digital Skills Survey provides insights on the digital health of the Canadian charitable sector. In February, 2021, CanadaHelps conducted an online survey of approximately 1,400 charities. 1,114 were from CanadaHelps’ database (users of CanadaHelps’ software) and 328 other charities from a list obtained from Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) (charities with no relationship to CanadaHelps).
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Task Force on Access to Professions and Trades in Ontario (1989)
Task Force on Access to Professions and Trades in Ontario (1989)
Posted on: August 12, 2021
In the late 1980s, the Task Force on Access to the Professions and Trades in Ontario looked into the requirements for entry to Ontario's professions, occupation by occupation. The Task Force undertook a detailed review of the organizational structures of regulated occupations in Ontario, with a view to determining not only if such structures are giving rise to discriminatory practices but also whether they have the potential to do so, depending upon their use and application.
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The Non-Accreditation of Immigrant Professionals in Canada: Societal Dimensions of the Problem (1999)
The Non-Accreditation of Immigrant Professionals in Canada: Societal Dimensions of the Problem (1999)
Posted on: August 12, 2021
This paper explores issues related to the problem of the non-accreditation of foreign-trained professionals in Canada. It touches on the major societal impacts of the problem plus the stages and barriers in the immigrant accreditation process. It also examines some policy initiatives presently being undertaken by the major stakeholders such as provincial and federal governments, post-secondary educational institutions, professional bodies and employers
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Finding Solutions for the Immigrant Serving Sector - Literature Review/Analysis (2020)
Finding Solutions for the Immigrant Serving Sector - Literature Review/Analysis (2020)
Posted on: August 12, 2021
This literature review provides a snapshot of the various trends that existed in settlement sector with respect to how newcomers settle in Canada before the COVID-19 pandemic started, as well as examples of how the settlement sector has significantly changed in response to the pandemic.
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Intentional Connections for Welcoming Communities - Improving Settlement for Privately Sponsored Refugees in Ontario through Settlement-Sponsor Collaboration
Intentional Connections for Welcoming Communities - Improving Settlement for Privately Sponsored Refugees in Ontario through Settlement-Sponsor Collaboration
Posted on: August 12, 2021
From 2018 to 2021, Allies for Refugee Integration (ARI) and its partners focused on creating more welcoming communities for privately sponsored refugees. This report outlines changes to policy and processes to improve settlement-sponsor collaboration for more successful integration of refugees.
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“Language Alludes to Everything”: A Pilot Study on Front-Line Worker Experience with Newcomer Integration (2021)
Posted on: August 12, 2021
This study explored the perceptions that front-line workers hold regarding needs and experiences of newcomers settling in Calgary, to understand how systems that serve newcomers perceive, make sense of, and contribute to these experiences.
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Settlement Outcomes Highlights Report (2021)
Settlement Outcomes Highlights Report (2021)
Posted on: August 12, 2021
The Highlights Report is a compilation of existing data and research that provides evidence on newcomer settlement outcomes that support integration within Canada, for both clients of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)’s Settlement Program and non-clients.
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Using Machine-Learning to Triage Canada’s Temporary Resident Visa Applications (2021)
Posted on: August 12, 2021
This report defines several introductory concepts relating to artificial intelligence and machine learning and provides a review of existing literature that acknowledges efforts made to establish clarity on how the Canadian government uses artificial intelligence to manage migration to date.
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Mobile communication and refugees: An analytical review of academic literature
Mobile communication and refugees: An analytical review of academic literature (2020)
Posted on: August 12, 2021
This article looks into ways in which existing studies address the possibilities and vulnerabilities of mobile communications, the social conditions, and the agency of refugees in engaging with mobile technologies in the different temporal and spatial dimensions of their migration trajectories.
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Access to Technology for Service Providers and Newcomers (2020)
Access to Technology for Service Providers and Newcomers (2020)
Posted on: August 12, 2021
This report is based on results from two online surveys (one for service providers and one for newcomers) supplemented by phone interviews with newcomers who have been unable to access remote services. The report outlines the extent to which the transition to online service delivery has impacted newcomers, especially those in vulnerable situations in the Toronto area.
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Digital Inclusion of Refugees Resettling to Canada: Opportunities and Barriers (2021)
Digital Inclusion of Refugees Resettling to Canada: Opportunities and Barriers (2021)
Posted on: July 3, 2021
This report looked at the opportunities and limitations of digital tools in the Organization for Migration (IOM) Canadian Orientation Abroad Programme's (COA) Pre-Departure Orientation Training for refugees coming to Canada.
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From Silos to Solutions: Toward Sustainable and Equitable Hybrid Service Delivery in the Immigrant & Refugee-Serving Sector in Canada
From Silos to Solutions: Toward Sustainable and Equitable Hybrid Service Delivery in the Immigrant & Refugee-Serving Sector in Canada (2021)
Posted on: May 27, 2021
This report presents findings, insights, and recommendations generated through a comprehensive exploration of hybrid service delivery over 6 months in the immigrant settlement sector in Canada. The report analyzes the unique experiment in digital service delivery created by the pandemic and reviews sector innovation and collaboration while providing a roadmap for the sector and its largest funder, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) towards a hybrid service delivery model.
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COVID & Canada’s Settlement Sector: Report (2020)
COVID & Canada’s Settlement Sector: Report (2020)
Posted on: March 27, 2021
This survey provides a snapshot of the Canadian immigrant and refugee-serving sector at during the first month of working remotely as a result of COVID-19. It looks at what is working, sector challenges and concerns and sector successes and failures from both the front-line and management perspective.
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Settlement Sector and Technology Task Group Preliminary Report (2020)
Settlement Sector and Technology Task Group Preliminary Report (2020)
Posted on: February 2, 2021
The Settlement Sector and Technology Task Group (coordinated by AMSSA, reporting to IRCC’s National Settlement and Integration Council (NSIC)) is working to discover, examine, and learn about the settlement sector’s needs to successfully implement digital and hybrid service delivery models.
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History and Legacy of Refugee Resettlement In Ottawa - A Primer (2016)
History and Legacy of Refugee Resettlement In Ottawa - A Primer (2016)
Posted on: January 31, 2021
This primer is intended to provide basic information on the history and legacy of refugee resettlement in Canada and to highlight Ottawa’s role in these efforts. It contains basic facts about refugees and Canadian refugee policy, a brief timeline of refugee resettlement in Canada, highlights from Ottawa’s history of refugee resettlement, and a myth buster intended to dispel some of the misconceptions about refugees and refugee resettlement history in Canada.
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DiverseCity Counts 8: A Snapshot of Diverse Leadership in the Health Care Sector (2013)
DiverseCity Counts 8: A Snapshot of Diverse Leadership in the Health Care Sector (2013)
Posted on: November 1, 2020
This research examines diversity on boards and in senior management of health care institutions in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).
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DiverseCity Counts 7: Public Opinion on Diverse GTA Leadership - Research Findings and the Path Forward (2013)
DiverseCity Counts 7: Public Opinion on Diverse GTA Leadership - Research Findings and the Path Forward (2013)
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Nanos   Maytree  
Posted on: November 1, 2020
In the spring of 2013 DiverseCity contracted Nanos Research to conduct a first-time public opinion poll of residents in municipalities across the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) on the topic of diversity in leadership.
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DiverseCity Counts 6: Supplier Diversity in the GTA - Business Case and Best Practices (2012)
Posted on: October 24, 2020
This research examines whether, why and how organizations have embraced diversity in their purchasing and supply chain strategies, policies and practices.
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DiverseCity Counts 5: Leadership Diversity in the Nonprofit Sector - Baby Steps, Big Strides, and Bold Stances (2012)
DiverseCity Counts 5: Leadership Diversity in the Nonprofit Sector - Baby Steps, Big Strides, and Bold Stances (2012)
Posted on: October 24, 2020
This research examines board diversity in the nonprofit sector, as well as the impact of this diversity.
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DiverseCity Counts 4: The Electoral Under-Representation of Visible Minorities (2012)
DiverseCity Counts 4: The Electoral Under-Representation of Visible Minorities (2012)
Posted on: October 24, 2020
The focus of this paper is on the electoral participation of visible minorities as both candidates for public office and winners of such positions.
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DiverseCity Counts 3: A Snapshot of Diversity in the Greater Toronto Area with a focus on the legal sector (2011)
DiverseCity Counts 3: A Snapshot of Diversity in the Greater Toronto Area with a focus on the legal sector (2011)
Posted on: October 18, 2020
DiverseCity Counts has measured the number of visible minorities in positions of leadership in the largest and most influential employment sectors in the GTA. In 2011 there was a gradual, but significant, increase (8%) in the diversity of GTA leaders over the last three years.
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DiverseCity Counts 2: A Snapshot of Diversity in the Greater Toronto Area with a focus on the media (2010)
DiverseCity Counts 2: A Snapshot of Diversity in the Greater Toronto Area with a focus on the media (2010)
Posted on: October 18, 2020
DiverseCity Counts measures on an annual basis the number of visible minorities in leadership positions in elected office, the public sector, the corporate sector, agencies, boards, and commissions, the voluntary sector, and the education sector.
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DiverseCity Counts 1: A Snapshot of Diversity in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) (2009)
DiverseCity Counts 1: A Snapshot of Diversity in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) (2009)
Posted on: October 18, 2020
The first annual research report measuring diversity among leaders in the GTA analyzed a total of 3,257 leaders in Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton, Markham and Richmond Hill including elected officials, public sector executives, members of agencies, boards and commissions, as well as a sample of the largest voluntary and business organizations as determined by revenue.
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Tech for All: Breaking Barriers in Toronto’s Innovation Community (2018)
Posted on: September 29, 2020
This survey-based report explores diversity, inclusion and belonging (DIBs) in Toronto’s tech sector.
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A Canada-U.S. Comparison of the Economic Outcomes of STEM Immigrants (2020)
A Canada-U.S. Comparison of the Economic Outcomes of STEM Immigrants (2020)
Posted on: September 28, 2020
This report examines the Canada–U.S. differences in the occupational skill utilization and earnings of STEM-educated immigrant workers.
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What are the Settlement Experiences of Newly Settled Newcomers to Western Canada (2014)
Posted on: September 24, 2020
The purpose of this report is to provide an overview of the settlement experiences of immigrants, such as their use and satisfaction with settlement services and how these services may influence integration into educational institutions, the labour market and the wider society and to examine common trends within five Canadian data sets.
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Collectively Figuring It Out: Foreign-Trained Health Professionals and Labour Market Integration (2015)
Collectively Figuring It Out: Foreign-Trained Health Professionals and Labour Market Integration (2015)
Posted on: September 24, 2020
The researchers examined the nature of information in foreign-trained health professionals’ lives as they attempt to integrate into the North American labor market and the role that online discussion forums play in channeling the discussions.
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Including Immigrants in Canadian Society: What Role do ICTs Play? (2007)
Posted on: September 24, 2020
This report examines how and why immigrants to Canada make use of Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) as they move through the stages of immigration.
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BRMC Research snapshot - Gender and Resilience Among Temporary Migrants in Waterloo Region (2020)
Posted on: September 21, 2020
The project identified challenges that affect temporary migrants because of their gender and status, focusing on both individual- and system-level resilience.
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Digital tools for migrant and refugee integration in IGC states 2020
Digital tools for migrant and refugee integration in IGC states 2020
Posted on: September 21, 2020
The paper includes examples of how more advanced technologies could be used to improve integration outcomes in Intergovernmental Consultations on Migration, Asylum and Refugees (IGC) States.
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Immigration and Firm Productivity: Evidence from the Canadian Employer-Employee Dynamics Database (2020)
Immigration and Firm Productivity: Evidence from the Canadian Employer-Employee Dynamics Database (2020)
Posted on: September 14, 2020
This study examines the empirical relationship between immigration and firm-level productivity in Canada.
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Persistent overqualification among immigrants and non-immigrants (2020)
Posted on: September 5, 2020
Using integrated data from the 2006 and 2016 censuses, this study examines persistent overqualification over time among immigrants and non-immigrants.
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Who is Succeeding in the Canadian Labour Market? Predictors of Career Success for Skilled Immigrants (2019)
Posted on: August 25, 2020
This study is intended to inform Canadian policy and practice with respect to skilled immigrants, and to increase awareness among prospective immigrants of the factors that are associated with labour force success.
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‘Mapping Migrancies’: A discursive mapping approach to analyse lived experiences of skilled migration infrastructures (2020)
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Posted on: August 25, 2020
This paper reports on a research project that explores a gap in exploring infrastructures of formal migration, and their entanglements with migrants’ own subjectivities by arguing for a new research agenda on migration infrastructure.
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Improving Immigrant Inclusion in the Workplace (2019)
Posted on: August 25, 2020
This project aimed to uncover organizational practices and strategies to facilitate immigrant attraction, inclusion and retention.
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The Improved Labour Market Performance of New Immigrants to Canada, 2006-2019 (2020)
The Improved Labour Market Performance of New Immigrants to Canada, 2006-2019 (2020)
Posted on: August 25, 2020
This report provides a descriptive analysis of the labour market outcomes of new immigrants to Canada from 2006 to 2019.
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Hackathons as Instruments for Settlement Sector Innovation (2020)
Posted on: August 25, 2020
This case study examines how the hackathon as an instrument can aid  settlement sectors and governments in fostering non-profit innovation to rethinking the trajectory of taking solutions to scale.
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Settlement 2.0 Project: Innovation is in our DNA (2020)
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Posted on: August 25, 2020
The intent of this report is to provide a strategy for a brighter future for the sector - a Settlement 2.0 - one that prioritizes empowering newcomers to be agents in their own settlement journey and which builds the overall capacity of the sector to embrace innovative mindsets and more sustainably support newcomers over time.
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Transitions into and out of employment by immigrants during the COVID-19 lockdown and recovery
Transitions into and out of employment by immigrants during the COVID-19 lockdown and recovery (2020)
Posted on: August 24, 2020
This study found that recent immigrants were more likely than Canadian-born workers to move out of employment in March and April mainly because of their shorter job tenure and over-representation in lower-wage jobs.
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The State of Migrant Farm Workers in Canada - Special Report: Marking three decades of advocacy on behalf of Canada’s most exploited workforce (2020)
Posted on: August 24, 2020
This report suggests that fair treatment of Canada’s agricultural workers requires several urgent and significant reforms at both the federal and provincial levels.
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Evaluation of Canadian Refugee Resettlement Programs in the Assimilation of Refugees (2020)
Posted on: August 24, 2020
The effectiveness of resettlement initiatives on refugee assimilation in Canada is assessed using the Longitudinal Immigration Database (IMDB) to follow refugee income variations between 1982-2015.
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Two-step Immigration Selection: Skilled Work Experience vs. Pre-arranged Jobs
Two-step immigration selection: Skilled work experience vs. pre-arranged jobs (2020)
Posted on: August 24, 2020
This study focuses on the economic immigrants who were selected under Canada's Express Entry system in 2015 and 2016. It compares the degree to which Canadian work experience before immigration and pre-arranged employment at the time of application predict the initial labour market outcomes of these economic immigrants.
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Two-step immigration selection: Why did immigrant labour market outcomes vary by admission programs? (2020)
Posted on: August 24, 2020
This article examines the role of two-step selection in explaining differences in the short-term and medium-term outcomes of economic immigrants in four major admission programs: FSWP, PNP, QSWP, and CEC.
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The mental health of immigrants and refugees: Canadian evidence from a nationally linked database (2020)
Posted on: August 24, 2020
Immigrants are found to be healthier upon their arrival to Canada than the Canadian-born population—a phenomenon referred to as the healthy immigrant effect (HIE). Does self-reported mental health (SRMH) differ between Canadian-born and immigrant respondents?
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Procedural precarity: An examination of Canadian immigration policy and practice in relation to immigrant youth (2020)
Posted on: August 17, 2020
This article explores some of the most pressing gaps in Canadian immigration policy in inter-connected and fundamental issues facing newcomer youth in Canada.
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Leveraging Technology for Refugee Integration: How Can We Help? (2016)
Posted on: August 12, 2020
The question of how ICT can be deployed for refugees’ integration is difficult one to answer. This panel looked at how the knowledge accumulated by the IS community can be leveraged to design targeted technological solutions to tackle this crisis and avoid the potential risks associated with it.
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The roles of government and non-governmental actors in settlement and integration in Quebec (2020)
Posted on: August 11, 2020
Many actors have different rolesin these processes of welcoming and integrating immigrants to Canada. This report attempts to describe the operation of this sector in the province of Québec.
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Exploring belonging: Experiences of refugee children and families in a Montreal recreational setting (2020)
Posted on: August 11, 2020
This pilot study explores how participation in recreational activities impacts refugee children’s sense of belonging. It documents experiences of children, parents and staff at Camp Cosmos summer camp in Montreal during a six-week program.
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Migrant Care Labour and the COVID-19 Long-term Care Crisis - How Did We Get Here (2020)
Migrant Care Labour and the COVID-19 Long-term Care Crisis: How Did We Get Here? (2020)
Posted on: August 9, 2020
This paper provides some context regarding the care crisis in LTC facilities, in particular its relationship with the type and skill mix of labour, including the degree to which immigrant workers are represented in this sector.
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Post-Covid 19: The need to revisit Canada’s work regulation toward professional immigrants (2020)
Post-Covid 19: The need to revisit Canada’s work regulation toward professional immigrants (2020)
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Posted on: August 9, 2020
In this article, the author explores why during the Corona Virus Pandemic that Canada suffers from a shortage of health care professionals, it cannot benefit from its own immigrant professionals who immigrated to Canada as skilled workers?
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Private sponsorship in refugee admission: Standard in Canada, trend in Germany? (2020)
Posted on: July 30, 2020
In this article, the authors compare programs of public-private cooperation in Germany and Canada and examine the relationship between the state and civil society with regard to these active refugee reception policies.
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COVID-19, Migration and the Canadian Immigration System: Dimensions, Impact and Resilience (2020)
COVID-19, Migration and the Canadian Immigration System: Dimensions, Impact and Resilience (2020)
Posted on: July 30, 2020
This report identifies, documents and assesses the many ways that the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has been affecting migration, borders, immigrant populations, and Canada’s immigration and settlement system between March, 2020 and June, 2020.
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Between fragmentation and institutionalisation: The rise of migration studies as a research field (2020)
Between fragmentation and institutionalisation: The rise of migration studies as a research field (2020)
Posted on: July 30, 2020
There are studies that look at specific aspects of this process, for instance in terms of interdisciplinarity, theoretical and methodological developments, but research with a holistic approach is lacking. Our research question, therefore, is how has migration studies institutionalised in the past four decades?
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Innovation in Immigrant-owned Firms in Canada (2020)
Posted on: June 17, 2020
This study found that small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) owned by immigrants were more likely than similar enterprises owned by Canadian-born individuals to implement a product or process innovation (2020).
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Taking Refuge in Technology: Communication Practices in Refugee Camps and Immigration Detention (2011)
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Posted on: May 27, 2020
When asylum seekers and refugees are displaced, how do they use communication technologies to maintain links with friends and family during flight and forced migration? When they are detained, what role does technology play in the ways asylum seekers communicate with the "outside"?
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A Systematic Literature Review on Immigrants' Motivation for ICT Adoption and Use (2016)
A Systematic Literature Review on Immigrants' Motivation for ICT Adoption and Use (2016)
Posted on: May 26, 2020
In this study, the researcher sought to answer these questions: What motivates immigrants to use information and communication technology (ICT)? What are the factors that influence immigrants’ ICT behaviors?
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Humanitarian Futures for Messaging Apps (2017)
Humanitarian Futures for Messaging Apps (2017)
Posted on: May 24, 2020
This report discusses the implications of adding messaging apps to the range of communications channels currently used by humanitarian organizations, which includes face-to-face communication, print materials, SMS messaging, social media, radio and television.
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Getting the Work Done : What Government Innovation Really Looks Like (2018)
Getting the Work Done : What Government Innovation Really Looks Like (2018)
Posted on: May 23, 2020
The authors' intention is to shine a light on the emerging field of public interest technologists in government (2018).
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Understanding the Data Needs of Settlement Stakeholders to Better Support Newcomers and Refugees (2016)
Understanding the Data Needs of Settlement Stakeholders to Better Support Newcomers and Refugees (2016)
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Posted on: May 23, 2020
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) contracted Open North to conduct a small study to better understand the needs of existing and potential users of open data as released by IRCC on open.canada.ca, and to inform ongoing efforts to unlock the potential applications of open data to support newcomer settlement and integration in Canada.
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Navigating a new life: Syrian refugees and their smartphones in Vienna (2018)
Navigating a new life: Syrian refugees and their smartphones in Vienna (2018)
Posted on: May 23, 2020
This paper presents findings from a qualitative interview study with Syrian refugees who settled in Vienna, Austria.
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Resilience and the Immigrant Settlement Sector: A Consideration of the Place of Accountability and Performance Management (2020)
Resilience and the Immigrant Settlement Sector: A Consideration of the Place of Accountability and Performance Management (2020)
Posted on: May 9, 2020
This report examines the theory, research and measurement frameworks informing evaluation strategies in the nonprofit sector and considering their impact on resilience related to immigrant settlement in Canada (2020).
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(Re)Constructing and Resisting Irregularity: (Non)citizenship, Canada’s Interim Federal Health Program, and Access to Healthcare (2019)
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Posted on: May 5, 2020
This article analyzes the experiences of refugee claimants in Toronto’s everyday healthcare places, like walk-in clinics, doctor’s offices, and hospitals, in the aftermath of the 2012 Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP) revisions (2019).
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Human rights in countries of origin and the mental health of migrants to Canada
Posted on: May 5, 2020
This study explores the effect of human rights violations in countries of origin on migrants' mental health. Findings indicate that high levels of human rights violations in countries of origin have long-term effects on migrants’ mental health (2020).
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More Than a Place of Refuge
More Than a Place of Refuge: Meaningful engagement of Government-assisted refugees in the future of work (2020)
Posted on: May 5, 2020
The evolution of the Canadian labour market threatens to aggravate the challenges facing resettled refugees. This report proposes six recommendations for the Government of Canada to better support Government Assisted Refugees (GARs) to succeed in the labour market (2020).
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Understanding the Data Needs of Settlement Stakeholders to Better Support Newcomers and Refugees
Understanding the Data Needs of Settlement Stakeholders to Better Support Newcomers and Refugees
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Posted on: February 22, 2020
This study sought to better understand the needs of existing and potential users of open data as released by IRCC on open.canada.ca, and to inform ongoing efforts to unlock the potential applications of open data to support newcomer settlement and integration in Canada.
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Learning Technology Innovation Leadership : Course Evaluation & Lessons for the Settlement Training Sector
Learning Technology Innovation Leadership : Course Evaluation & Lessons for the Settlement Training Sector (2018)
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Posted on: February 22, 2020
For anyone interested in innovating with LINC blended learning, the report has useful information about what LINC leaders are encountering as they try to put LINC blended learning to work in their institutions. The result is a summary of important lessons for the sector about learning technology innovation (2018).
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Migrants Use Social Media Information in Migration Decision-Making
Smart Refugees: How Syrian Asylum Migrants Use Social Media Information in Migration Decision-Making
Posted on: February 22, 2020
This article discusses social media use by asylum migrants prior to and during migration. This study is based on in-depth  interviews with 54 Syrian asylum migrants who recently obtained refugee status in the Netherlands.
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On Digital Passages and Borders: Refugees and the New Infrastructure for Movement and Control
On Digital Passages and Borders: Refugees and the New Infrastructure for Movement and Control
Posted on: February 22, 2020
Since 2014, millions of refugees and migrants have arrived at the borders of Europe. This article argues that, in making their way to safe spaces, refugees rely not only on a physical but increasingly also digital infrastructure of movement.
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Research and Recommendations for: Leveraging Technology to Support Refugee Youth in the Middle East and East Africa
Research and Recommendations for: Leveraging Technology to Support Refugee Youth in the Middle East and East Africa (2018)
Posted on: February 22, 2020
This paper provides a small contribution to supporting the further development and delivery of programs for refugee youth prior to their arrival in Canada. How to leverage technology securely and safely to provide additional support for refugee youth coming to Canada, taking advantage of the pre-arrival time, and current and future partnerships with government agencies and other involved organizations.
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The Importance of Mobile for Refugees: A Landscape of New Services and Approaches
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GSMA  
Posted on: February 22, 2020
There are wide-ranging lessons that can be shared across sectors and regions on the challenges and opportunities of providing mobile connectivity and services to this segment of the population which will be explored in this report.
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Integration Barriers and Information as a Solution: Report Based on Literature Covering 2005-2011 Inclusive
Integration Barriers and Information as a Solution: Report Based on Literature Covering 2005-2011 Inclusive
Posted on: February 22, 2020
This report is a synthesis of recent literature on how information can be used to address settlement and integration barriers experienced by newcomers to Canada.
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Syrian Refugee Youth Use Social Media: Building Transcultural Spaces and Connections for Resettlement in Ottawa, Canada
Syrian Refugee Youth Use Social Media: Building Transcultural Spaces and Connections for Resettlement in Ottawa, Canada
Posted on: February 22, 2020
In this paper, the authors examine the role of social media in facilitating and building transcultural communication and connections for forced migrants in today’s contexts of resettlement. The authors' focus is on recently resettled Syrian refugee youth in Ottawa, who arrived in Canada as part of a federal government resettlement initiative in 2015-2016.
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E-Learning as a Means of Social Inclusion: The Case of Syrian Refugees in Germany
E-Learning as a Means of Social Inclusion: The Case of Syrian Refugees in Germany
Posted on: February 22, 2020
Due to the unprecedented dependency of refugees on ICT, the authors investigate how e-learning can be used to support refugees in the integration process and contributes to their social inclusion into the host country.
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ICT4What? – Using the Choice Framework to operationalise the Capability Approach to Development
ICT4What? – Using the Choice Framework to operationalise the Capability Approach to Development
Posted on: February 22, 2020
This paper argues that instead of trying to make ICTs fit with a linear conceptualisation of impacts and an often economistic view of development, the field of information and communication technologies for development (ICT4D) should be used as a prime example of a development process which has to be analysed in a systemic and holistic way.
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Reconfiguring Settlement and Integration: A Service Provider Strategy for Innovation and Results
Reconfiguring Settlement and Integration: A Service Provider Strategy for Innovation and Results
Posted on: February 22, 2020
The goal of this paper is to ensure that settlement agencies have the capacity to fully partner with governments in designing policies and programs to meet the emerging challenges facing newcomers and the communities in which they settle. This is not, presently, the case.
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Using technology to deliver mental health services to children and youth in Ontario
Using technology to deliver mental health services to children and youth in Ontario
Posted on: February 22, 2020
By linking current research and relevant policy implications, this paper also provides a comprehensive picture of the potential role that technology (both existing and emerging) can have in improving child and youth mental health (CYMH) services in Ontario.
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Agency of the Future Report by the Information and Communications Technology Committee
Agency of the Future Report by the Information and Communications Technology Committee
Posted on: February 6, 2020
This report focuses on the work undertaken by the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Committee of the Agency of the Future (AoF) Project. The AoF Project is a national initiative being developed collaboratively by the Pathways to Prosperity research consortium, settlement service providers and settlement umbrella associations.
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Social work in the digital age - secure tech tools for social good
Social work in the digital age: secure tech tools for social good
Posted on: February 2, 2020
In this Research Snapshot, a couple of University of Victoria students looked at the use of mobile technology in Canadian social work.
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Who Is Succeeding in the Canadian Labour Market? Predictors of Career Success for Skilled Immigrants
Who Is Succeeding in the Canadian Labour Market? Predictors of Career Success for Skilled Immigrants
Posted on: February 2, 2020
World Education Services (WES) conducted a survey-based study to examine predictors of skilled immigrants’ career success. They examined the demographic characteristics of skilled immigrants as well as their experience and education, and studied how these factors affect their labour market outcomes.
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How Much Do They Make? New Evidence on the Early Career Earnings of Canadian Post-Secondary Education Graduates by Credential & Field of Study
How Much Do They Make? New Evidence on the Early Career Earnings of Canadian Post-Secondary Education Graduates by Credential & Field of Study
Posted on: February 2, 2020
Choices about post-secondary education (PSE) launch individuals onto their future educational and career paths. These decisions are vitally important to Canada’s economic prosperity as well to many individual and social outcomes. Against this backdrop, this joint LMIC-EPRI report provides extensive new evidence on the labour market earnings of PSE graduates.
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Are Refugees More Likely to Leave Initial Destinations than Economic Immigrants
Are Refugees More Likely to Leave Initial Destinations than Economic Immigrants? Recent Evidence from Canadian Longitudinal Administrative Data
Posted on: February 2, 2020
This study asks two sets of questions. First, are refugees more likely to leave their initial destination city than economic immigrants when group differences in sociodemographic and contextual characteristics are taken into account? Among refugees, are GARs more likely to leave their initial destination city than PSRs? Second, to what extent does the impact of unemployment on secondary migration vary by admission category? Among refugees, are GARs more likely than PSRs to leave their initial destination city when they experience unemployment?
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Career Self-Management & Development of Multicultural Knowledge
Career Self-Management and Development of Multicultural Knowledge and Practice: Experience of Professional Counsellors
Posted on: January 26, 2020
This research study examines what it means to be a multicultural counsellor, including their perception of challenges and outcome expectations in developing a multicultural framework to situate their practice, and cultivation of professional resilience in their work with diverse clients.
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Canadian Immigrant Youth and the Education-Employment Nexus
Canadian Immigrant Youth and the Education-Employment Nexus
Posted on: January 26, 2020
The authors call for greater attention to this critical population and make nine recommendations that would contribute to solutions in each major issue area impacting the education of Canadian immigrant youth and their entry into the workforce.
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The Political Process of International Education - Complementarities and Clashes in the Manitoba K-12 Sector through a Multi-level Governance Lens
The Political Process of International Education: Complementarities and Clashes in the Manitoba K-12 Sector through a Multi-level Governance Lens
Posted on: January 26, 2020
International education has become a policy sector of growing importance to Canada. With increased government regulations, disconnect is often observed between the intended policy outcomes and practice. This study aims to explain this disconnect by analyzing the heterogeneity among stakeholder interests.
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Language proficiency and immigrants’ economic integration
Posted on: January 26, 2020
Examining the strengths and weaknesses of objective and subjective measures of language proficiency is crucial for good integration policy, as is understanding the relationship between these measures and earnings, a key indicator of economic integration.
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Social Policy Trends - Refugee Resettlement in Calgary
Social Policy Trends: Refugee Resettlement in Calgary
Posted on: January 26, 2020
The inflow of refugees to Calgary fluctuates widely over time, and varies considerably by country of origin. Social agencies must adapt to a continuously shifting kaleidoscope of people, cultures, languages and needs.
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Fostering Safe Spaces for Dialogue and Relationship-building Between Newcomers and Indigenous Peoples
Fostering Safe Spaces for Dialogue and Relationship-building Between Newcomers and Indigenous Peoples: Wise practices for the relationship-building process and recommendations for the development of an orientation toolkit
Posted on: January 26, 2020
The report focuses on the dynamic relations between the two communities in the present context of Winnipeg. Following insights and stories gathered, we suggest several wise practices for the relationship-building process as recommended by participants. In so doing, the report seeks to inform a framework related to the development of an orientation toolkit for newcomers.
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IWYS (Immigrant Women, Youth and Seniors): Phase 2 - Primary Research Reports
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CERIS  
Posted on: January 26, 2020
This report, along with thematic reports on immigrant women, youth,and seniors, is an output of Phase 2(2018–2019) of a research and knowledge mobilization project that aims to document the settlement and service experiences of the three groups, as well as proposing new intervention strategies.
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Canada’s Colour Coded Income Inequality
Posted on: January 4, 2020
This paper uses 2016 census data to paint a portrait of income inequality between racialized and non-racialized Canadians. It also looks at the labour market discrimina­tion faced by racialized workers in 2006 and 2016. Racialized workers are more likely to be active in the workforce than non-racialized workers, either working or trying to find work, but this does not result in better employment outcomes for them. From 2006 to 2016, there was little change to the patterns of employment and earnings inequality along racial and gender lines in Canada.
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The Working Poor in the Toronto Region: A closer look at the increasing numbers
The Working Poor in the Toronto Region: A closer look at the increasing numbers
Posted on: January 4, 2020
The rate of working poverty in Canada, Ontario, and the Toronto region is increasing. The growth in precarious employment and the gig economy have all come together to increase the number of people who are working for wages that cannot sustain them and drawing incomes too low to lift them out of poverty.
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“I will not leave my body here”: Migrant farmworkers' health and safety amidst a climate of coercion
Posted on: December 18, 2019
This study highlights two main themes that illustrate the implicit and complex mechanisms that can structure migrant agricultural workers’ workplace climate, and ultimately, endanger their health and safety: (1) authorities that silence; and (2) ‘I will not leave my body here.’
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Refugee Sponsorship Programs: A Global State of Play and Opportunities for Investment
Posted on: December 18, 2019
This MPI Europe policy brief takes stock of sponsorship programs worldwide - from the well-established Canadian private sponsorship program, to much newer and smaller-scale initiatives in countries such as Argentina, Germany, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom - and lays out a variety of ways private philanthropic actors can support these programs.
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The end of the (Roxham) road: Seeking coherence on Canada’s border-migration compact
The end of the (Roxham) road: Seeking coherence on Canada’s border-migration compact
Posted on: December 18, 2019
This study proposes a cooperative strategy with the aim of sustaining a coherent border-migration compact between Canada and the United States.
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Supporting Recent Immigrants In Their Effort To Access Information On Health And Health-Related Services: The Case Of 211 Toronto
Posted on: December 17, 2019
This study examines the importance of access to information about health and health-related services as an enabler of access to health care, in a highly multicultural setting.
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Final Report for the Print Campaign to Promote Newcomer Information Centres, Findhelp Information Services, & Settlement.org
Final Report for the Print Campaign to Promote Newcomer Information Centres, Findhelp Information Services, & Settlement.org
Posted on: December 17, 2019
Jangles Productions was contracted by Citizenship and Immigration Canada Ontario Region in August of 2009 to conduct a print campaign to promote three settlement services.
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Immigrant skill utilization: Immigrants with STEM education and trends in over-education
Posted on: December 13, 2019
Based on the 2016 Census data, the study ‘Skill Utilization and Earnings of STEM-educated Immigrants in Canada: Differences by Degree Level and Field of Study’ compares the likelihood of immigrant and Canadian-born workers with a degree in a STEM field to be working in a STEM-related occupation.
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The Internet as Effective Medium for Distribution of Integral Information to New Immigrants
Posted on: December 12, 2019
This Scoping Review discusses the effective use of the Internet for the provision of integral information to new immigrants.
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Western Region Working Group (WRWG) Environmental Scan Report
Western Region Working Group (WRWG) Environmental Scan Report
Posted on: December 12, 2019
As a point-­‐in-­‐time snapshot, an environmental scan is intended to explore and capture current trends, successes and challenges at the immigrant sector’s system level, generate a coherent narrative supported by facts, and set the foundation for dialogue, strategic planning, and stakeholder influence.
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Late Adapters? How Social Workers Acquire Knowledge and Skills About Technology Tools
Posted on: December 12, 2019
The authors examine factors that may influence technology use: asking if organizational culture is related to uptake in the professional context, and if self-reported individual resistance to innovation and change can explain voluntary adoption of ICT tools.
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Over-education Among University-educated Immigrants in Canada and the United States
Over-education Among University-educated Immigrants in Canada and the United States
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Posted on: December 3, 2019
Using comparable data and three measures of over-education, this study found that university-educated recent immigrants in Canada were much more likely to be over-educated than their U.S. peers.
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Where Does the Sun Set? Can Technology Help Meet Settlement Needs in Rural Nova Scotia? (2007)
Posted on: November 27, 2019
The primary focus of the project is to make available on-line the highly successful pre-employment workshops offered through MISA’s Employment Services Unit.
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Bots at the Gate: A Human Rights Analysis of Automated Decision Making in Canada’s Immigration and Refugee System
Posted on: November 27, 2019
This report focuses on the impacts of automated decision-making in Canada’s immigration and refugee system from a human rights perspective.
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A Review of Promising Practices for Enhanced Access to Services for Newcomers in Guelph-Wellington (2015)
Posted on: November 27, 2019
The goal of the report is to explore promising practices based on programs and resources that have been successfully offered elsewhere in Canada. As such, the report offers a possible roadmap that may be considered by service providers working in Guelph-Wellington.
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Managing in a Computerized Environment - MICE-2 Final Report
Posted on: November 26, 2019
OCASI’s MICE-2 project provided an opportunity for managers of CIC-funded agencies in Ontario to share their perspectives on technology in the sector through on-line discussions and at a conference in St. Catharines on June 12 and 13, 2002
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Evaluation of the OASIS Computerization Project
Evaluation of the OASIS Computerization Project - Final Report
Posted on: November 26, 2019
In 1997, Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s Ontario Administration of Settlement and Integration Services (OASIS) initiated a Computerization Project to build the capacity of funded agencies. This report provides an evaluation of options for future support.
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Enforcement and illegal migration
Enforcement and illegal migration
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Posted on: November 3, 2019
While empirical studies find that border and interior enforcement serve as deterrents to illegal immigration, immigration enforcement is costly and carries unintended consequences, such as a decrease in circular migration, an increase in smuggling, and higher prevalence of off-the-books employment and use of fraudulent and falsified documents.
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The Competencies of Frontline Settlement Counsellors in Canada - final research report
Posted on: October 22, 2019
This pan-Canadian research report identifies eight critical competencies that could form the basis of training to help settlement counsellors be successful as the job is redefined and the range of work is extended.
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Mobilizing Global Knowledge: Refugee Research in an Age of Displacement
Posted on: October 10, 2019
Mobilizing Global Knowledge brings together academics and practitioners to reflect on a global collaborative refugee research network.
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Rebalancing the Opportunity Equation
Rebalancing the Opportunity Equation
Posted on: September 4, 2019
This report looks at income trends between 1980 and 2015, as well as the income gap between young people, immigrants, racialized groups and the rest of the population in Peel, Toronto and York regions. The findings paint a stark picture of who has access to the opportunities to succeed, and who is being left behind because of circumstances they can’t control. 
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The role of local immigration partnerships in Syrian refugee resettlement in Waterloo Region, Ontario
Posted on: August 26, 2019
This research focuses on the role of Local Immigration Partnerships (LIPs) in Syrian refugee resettlement through a case study of an official refugee reception centre in the Waterloo Region of Ontario and a series of interviews with key informants from multiple sectors involved in resettlement.
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No Wrong Door: Building Effective Online Settlement Services for Newcomers to Canada
Posted on: August 26, 2019
The aim of this research initiative is to explore online client intake and service models of Canadian human service organizations to distil best practices to share across the sector.
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Digital Humanitarianism: How Tech Entrepreneurs Are Supporting Refugee Integration
Digital Humanitarianism: How Tech Entrepreneurs Are Supporting Refugee Integration
Posted on: August 22, 2019
This report finds that many new tech tools for migrants have failed to live up to their promise, in part because of extensive duplication in the sector, limited understanding of refugees’ needs, and funding and organizational limitations.
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Beyond the Big City: How Small Communities Across Canada Can Attract and Retain Newcomers
Posted on: August 18, 2019
The Public Policy Forum, in partnership with Pathways to Prosperity, conducted research to determine how newcomer attraction and retention could be enhanced to contribute to the success of smaller centres and less densely populated regions across Canada.
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Brain gain and waste in Canada: Physicians and nurses by place of birth and training
Posted on: August 9, 2019
This chapter documents changes from 2006 to 2016 in the number of physicians, registered nurses (RNs) and practical nurses (PNs) in Canada. It identifies those working in each occupation as well as those reporting relevant educational credentials but not working in the occupation.
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Mapping migration studies: An empirical analysis of the coming of age of a research field
Posted on: August 3, 2019
Migration studies have developed rapidly as a research field over the past decades. This article provides an empirical analysis not only on the development in volume and the internationalization of the field, but also on the development in terms of topical focus within migration studies over the past three decades.
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Becoming Canadian: Immigrant narratives of professional attainment
Posted on: July 29, 2019
We investigate how economic immigrants in Canada negotiate their identity in the process of “becoming Canadian” through an analysis of public texts. Drawing on the master narrative framework, we examine the interplay between individual and societal narratives as immigrants grapple with the tension between notions of “desirable” immigrants as those that are well integrated professionally and the reality of facing career related barriers.
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Start-Up Visas: A Passport for Innovation and Growth?
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Posted on: July 18, 2019
This report examines the varied forms start-up visas take and their role within national (and occasionally regional) immigration systems. Though many of these visa programs are only a few years old, the report offers early insights into whether they are meeting their aim of attracting immigrant entrepreneurs, as well as some lessons learned for policymakers—among them, the value of involving industry experts in evaluating visa applicants’ business ideas, of embedding start-up visas within broader innovation strategies, and of supporting risk-taking.
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Agricultural sector workers from the Temporary Foreign Workers Program, 2015
Posted on: July 8, 2019
Hiring temporary foreign workers has become a widespread practice to compensate for the lack of available labour in the agriculture sector. Statistics Canada studied the presence of these workers in the population, employed for agricultural operations in Canada, by cross-referencing and comparing data from the Temporary Foreign Worker Program with 2016 Census of Agriculture data.
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Glossary on Migration
Posted on: July 5, 2019
The IOM Glossary on Migration is the result of a lengthy process of consultation within the Organization and with external academic and partner organizations and institutions. It is meant to reflect the way IOM understands a wide range of terms relevant to migration and to clarify how migration-related terms are legally defined or commonly used.
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Moving into a technology land: Exploring the challenges for the refugees in Canada in accessing its computerized infrastructures
Posted on: July 3, 2019
While a growing body of literature in HCI [human-computer interaction] is focusing on the initial needs of the refugees soon after their migration, most challenges associated with the long-term process of their integration with the host communities using technology have still remained understudied. This work builds on a 3 year-long fieldwork with the refugees in Canada, extended observations, and interviews with 26 participants (19 refugees, 4 refugee sponsors, and 3 refugee workers) to illustrate how refugees encounter various challenges in accessing necessary services in Canada through its computerized infrastructures.
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Syrian Outcomes Report
Posted on: June 18, 2019
The Syrian Outcomes Report provides a thematic overview of the outcomes of the Syrians who were resettled in Canada between November 2015 and December 2016. This report provides a comprehensive overview of Syrian integration outcomes to date for this group of newcomers.
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Improving settlement services across Canada
Posted on: June 17, 2019
Between January and May 2019, the House of Commons Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration studied the current state of settlement services to determine how they could be improved. This report highlights actions the federal government can take to improve settlement services in the different communities across the country, including in rural areas, as well as some initiatives on the international scene.
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The Economic Mobility Pathways Project – Policy Principles and Lessons Learned
Posted on: June 17, 2019
This paper provides a summary of the EMPP, the partners, and government branches involved in its implementation, and the lessons that have been observed thus far. It explores the policy dimensions and implications of merging two distinct, and traditionally separate worlds, and the innovative partnerships integral to the successful implementation of complementary labour pathways in the long term.
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Waterloo Region Immigration Profile
Posted on: June 17, 2019
This report provides a profile of immigration in Waterloo Region by presenting data on both recent and established immigrants as well as temporary residents. The purpose of the report is to increase the understanding of immigrant populations in Waterloo Region to ensure that as a region and community, appropriate services and strategies are planned to include the broader needs of this population.
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A systematic literature review of reported challenges in health care delivery to migrants and refugees in high-income countries – the 3C model
Posted on: June 14, 2019
Migrants and refugees have important health needs and face inequalities in their health status. Health care delivery to this patient group has become a challenging public health focus in high income countries. This paper summarizes current knowledge on health care delivery to migrants and refugees in high-income countries from multiple perspectives.
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Welcome Home: Welcoming refugee claimants and precarious migrants to the City of Toronto
Posted on: June 12, 2019
The report, published by FCJ Refugee Centre with support from Maytree, examines challenges faced by refugee claimants and precarious migrants in accessing shelter in Toronto in three distinct early phases of the settlement process.
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Equipping Immigrant Selection Systems for a Changing World of Work (Transatlantic Council Statement)
Posted on: June 4, 2019
This report explores the implication of the changing world of work for immigrant selection systems, highlighting key challenges such as figuring out how to anticipate future labor-market needs, balance employer demand with human-capital considerations, and build an element of regional variation into selection processes.
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Lessons from the Influx: How Edmonton Welcomed Refugees From Syria…and What We Are Learning as They Strive to Put Down Roots
Lessons from the Influx: How Edmonton Welcomed Refugees From Syria…and What We Are Learning as They Strive to Put Down Roots
Posted on: June 2, 2019
This narrative study, sponsored by the Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organizations, captures key milestones, representative stories and observations about a unique time in our history as a multicultural community, both to salute those involved and to glean insights that may inform our collective future.
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Immigration, Discrimination, and Trust: A Simply Complex Relationship
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Posted on: May 17, 2019
Immigration, Discrimination, and Trust: A Simply Complex Relationship
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Promoting Settlement-Sponsor Collaboration: Best practices Report
Posted on: April 17, 2019
The purpose of this report is to summarize the findings from ARI’s Environmental Scan, conducted between July 2018 and February 2019. The results of the scan will form our baseline understanding of the current settlement-sponsor relationship.
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Bringing Gender into the Analysis of Syrian Refugee Settlement and Integration in Rural Ontario
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Posted on: March 25, 2019
While there is considerable literature on the settlement experiences of refugees, relatively little is known about the experiences of Syrian families, especially in rural Ontario. This brief engages with existing literature to consider the recent arrivals of thousands of Syrian refugees and particularly the roles and needs of Syrian women who have settled in rural Ontario.
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The Competencies of Frontline Settlement Practitioners in Canada
The Competencies of Frontline Settlement Practitioners in Canada – a background research report
Posted on: December 17, 2018
The objective of the report is to define the nature of front-line settlement work, the context in which it is carried out, and to review what research and work has been undertaken toward strengthening the capacity of front-line settlement practitioners.
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Smart Refugees: How Syrian Asylum Migrants Use Social Media Information in Migration Decision-Making
Posted on: December 17, 2018
This article discusses social media use by asylum migrants prior to and during migration. This study is based on in-depth  interviews with 54 Syrian asylum migrants who recently obtained refugee status in the Netherlands.
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Communities of Practice: Environmental Scan Research Report prepared for Settlement Sector Practitioners across Canada
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Posted on: March 2, 2018
This Environmental Scan research & report represents one component of a multi-year and multi-phased project: to foster development of an active online community of practice for settlement sector practitioners across Canada.
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‘As Important to Me as Water’: How Refugees in Rome Use Smartphones to Improve Their Well-being (2017)
Posted on: November 24, 2017
This thesis investigates how refugees in Rome, Italy, use smartphones to improve their well-being and whether, according to the Capability Approach, smartphones can expand refugees’ capabilities, choices and freedoms.
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Understanding the Role of ICTs in Promoting Social Inclusion: The Case of Syrian Refugees in Germany
Posted on: June 22, 2017
Based on the capability approach, study findings reveal dependencies between properties of ICTs and their use, ICT-enabled capabilities relevant for refugees, and the corresponding contribution of ICTs to the processes of social inclusion.
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Understanding the Digital Capacity of Newcomer Settlement Organizations - research findings
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Posted on: May 30, 2017
This research project conducted for IRCC was designed to gain a deeper understanding of the digital capacity and needs of service provider organizations that serve newcomers in Canada and inform support recommendations for the sector.
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Supervisor and policy roles in social media use as a new technology in child welfare
Posted on: April 25, 2017
This analysis examines the role of agency policy and supervision in the decision-making of child welfare workers about their work-related social media use.
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Leveraging Technology for Refugee Integration: How Can We Help?
Posted on: December 22, 2016
With a challenge of integrating refugees into hosting societies comes the question about the role that ICTs could play in the ongoing integration efforts. Indeed, unprecedented reliance of refugees on technology, especially smartphones, is an important distinction of the current refugees’ crisis.
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Social Media Policy in Social Work Education
Social Media Policy in Social Work Education: A Review and Recommendations
Posted on: August 2, 2016
This article reviews current social media policies and conceptualizes their key elements. A review of current social media policies is reported, pointing to the need for further policy development. Six domains of a social media policy are identified.
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Study of Innovative and Promising Practices Within the Immigrant Settlement Sector
Study of Innovative and Promising Practices Within the Immigrant Settlement Sector
Posted on: June 22, 2012
This paper reportson a pan-Canadian study to examine innovative and promising practices by settlement service provider organizations.
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Computer use among immigrants in the workplace - how does it vary by gender, educational level, ethnicity, occupation and tenure?
Posted on: February 28, 2012
In order to assess the occupational integration of immigrants, this report asks whether immigrants and the Canadian-born have equal access to jobs that incorporate high levels of occupational skill.
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It just crept in - The Digital Age and Implications for Social Work Practice
“It just crept in”: The Digital Age and Implications for Social Work Practice
Posted on: February 11, 2012
With cyber technology having permeated the ways in which individuals seek support for a wide range of issues, the purpose of this paper is to report on a study that examined practitioners’ experiences and views of whether and how online communication has entered their face-to-face practice and of the implication for the therapeutic work.
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Are immigrant wages affected by the source of job search information?
Posted on: March 28, 2010
What are the labour market outcomes – in this case defined as average hourly wages – for currently employed immigrants, based on the source of information used to find their job?
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Research report on the feasibility of an e-mentoring component for the Host Program Network of Ontario
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Posted on: March 31, 2009
This research report studies the feasibility of an e-matching/e-mentoring component for the Host Program Network of Ontario, and particularly its applicability as a pre-departure strategy.
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Development of social support networks by recent Chinese immigrant women with young children living in London, Ontario.
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Posted on: May 28, 2008
The purpose of this paper is to examine the social support networks of recent professional Chinese immigrant women with young children who have settled in London, Ontario.
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Information Practices of Immigrants to Canada – A Review of the Literature
Posted on: March 31, 2008
The purpose of this study is to examine the information needs, sources, and barriers to accessing information experienced by those who immigrate to Canada. In particular, we examine how both information needs and strategies for finding information change during the settlement process.
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