Attraction and Retention of Immigrants: Policy Implications for the City of Calgary

Immigration is becoming increasingly important to small and medium sized cities to ensure social and economic growth. This reality will force urban centres to become more competitive in attracting and retaining newcomers to our communities. This paper presents a model whereby future immigration trends and retention rates of immigrants over time can be estimated. In addition, a number of factors that influence locational decisions and some best practices in Calgary are presented.