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Immigration: Bridging research, policy and practice

CERIS offered an all-day event where recent and prospective PhDs presented  on three major themes including New Forms of Precariousness; Migrant Health and Wellbeing; and Citizenship, Multiculturalism, and Identity. 

Session one explored the policies and experiences that affect migrant workers and international students at a global and local level.

Session two focused on the physical and mental health of immigrants and refugees. 

And session three looked at the factors that shape migrants’ identity formation and expression. 

Session One: New Forms of Precariousness; Behind the Counter: Migration, Labour Policy and Temporary Work in a Global Fast Food Chain; “All for the Family”: A Case Study on the Migration of Philippine Educated Nurses to Ontario through the Live-in Caregiver Program; The Politics of “Access”: Undocumented Students and Enrollment in Toronto Schools; Gendering international student mobility: The case of Indian students in Canada; Mapping literacy learning opportunities and identity construction among African immigrant youth in Canadian classrooms. 

Session Two: Migrant Health and Wellbeing; Social Determinants and Place: Challenging the Health Status and Utilization of Health Services by Later-life Immigrants; Human Development of South Asian Immigrants Living in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA): Access to Health Care; Intersectional Exposures: Exploring the Health Effect of Employment; Memory, Trauma, and Citizenship: Arab Iraqi Women; “Animals in Canada have more value than women in Congo”: A dialogic encounter with refugee women from Sub-Saharan Africa. 

Session Three: Citizenship, Multiculturalism, and Identity; If not multiculturalism, then what? Normative contestation and competing approaches to the governance of immigrant diversity in Canada and the Netherlands; Speaking of Belonging: moral and cultural dimensions of citizenship in the Netherlands; Teachers Without Borders: Exploring Experiences, Transitions, and Identities of Refugee Women Teachers from Yugoslavia; Identity Re-Negotiation in the “Traditional” Dances of Fiji and Fiji’s Canadian Diaspora: Towards a Generative Politics of Movement-Based Affects; Identity, Community and Place: Jamaican Immigrant Organizations in the GTA. 

The free event was open to the public. 

CERIS is Ontario’s leading network of researchers, policy-makers, and practitioners working in the field of migration and settlement. 

It serves as the knowledge exchange hub for all three communities and in the interest of all migrants and the general public in Canada.  

Posted: Jun 30, 2014

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