Co-Investigator Led Projects

The Image Of Muslims In Canadian Parliamentary Debates – Some Preliminary Results

Adoption of a ‘Muslim exceptionalism’ perspective by policy-makers could result in misinformed policies and informal practices, such as restricting immigration from Muslim countries, treating religiosity as a (negative) criterion for admission, or raising the level of surveillance of Muslim immigrant communities. The research project aims to assess the validity of assumptions about ‘Muslim exceptionalism’. To achieve this, the study will attempt to develop a better understanding of: (a) the thoughts of Muslims on their immigration and post-migration experiences, as well as their views on their future in Canada; (b) the role of, and experiences with, religion in relation to these views and the processes that produce them; and (c) possible differences in the experiences of 2nd generation Muslim immigrants.

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Immigrant Seniors

Senior immigrants arrive with a wealth of experience, knowledge, and skills, but these may remain largely underutilized after they arrive in Canada. This project will assess the need for ESL and FSL language training programs for immigrant seniors in Ottawa. It will also identify partners able to deliver such programs. A key research interest is whether the social, civic and economic integration of immigrant seniors plays out the same way for different ethnic, cultural and religious groups, and the role that language plays in these processes. In addition, an important question is whether integration plays out differently in Francophone minority communities.

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Who Are Recent Immigrants and What Are Their Economic Activities?

Policy and debates around immigration over the last two decades have focused on immigrants’ capacity to make meaningful contributions to the Canadian economy. This paper uses the Longitudinal Immigrant Data Base (IMDB) to analyze the economic outcomes of five cohorts of economic and family sponsored immigrants to Canada and Nova Scotia between 1990-1994 and 2010-2012. We specifically examine how economic and non-economic category immigrants fare in terms of economic outcomes and what are their rates of employment and average earnings.

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