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The CERC in Migration and Integration is producing innovative and usable knowledge exploring the contemporary challenges of migration and integration. The research program strikes a balance between issues of special concern to Canada and those of more global relevance through comparative research.

The Diversity Institute conducts and coordinates multi-disciplinary, multi-stakeholder research to address the needs of diverse Canadians, the changing nature of skills and competencies, and the policies, processes and tools that advance economic inclusion and success. They build evidence-based knowledge around the complex barriers faced by underrepresented groups, lead practices to effect change, and produce concrete results.

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The Migration Initiative is a collaborative, open-access co-creation space for intersectoral dialogue on migration. Their goal is to mobilize knowledge exchanges between researchers and stakeholders by providing peer-reviewed publishing opportunities for emerging scholars, immigration and settlement practitioners, community groups, policy-makers, and newcomers.

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The Rights for Children and Youth Partnership (RCYP) research project aims to increase knowledge and evidence around factors supporting or hindering the protection of children and youth rights in Central America and the Caribbean, and their diaspora populations in Canada. Project collaborators and activities span seven countries: Canada, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, and Trinidad & Tobago.

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Established by a team of researchers across several departments in the Faculty of Arts, the Ryerson University Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Studies Centre is devoted to studying the culture, history, literature, politics, and societies in the Middle East and North Africa, and of diasporic populations from the region.

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WINS Toronto
 is a not-for-profit that promotes inclusive policies in the Canadian workforce. Their name reflects their commitment to advocate and help take steps towards ensuring the creation of more equitable workplaces in which diverse professionals can flourish.

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Cities of Migration
seeks to improve local integration practice in major immigrant receiving cities worldwide through information sharing and learning exchange. They showcase good city-level integration practices that provide innovative and practical solutions to common problems and challenges.

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The Migrant Integration Policy Index (MIPEX) is a unique tool which measures policies to integrate migrants in all EU Member States, Australia, Canada, Iceland, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland, Turkey and the USA. 167 policy indicators have been developed to create a rich, multi-dimensional picture of migrants’ opportunities to participate in society. The project informs and engages key policy actors about how to use indicators to improve integration governance and policy effectiveness.

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The Canada India Research Centre for Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE)
is an interdisciplinary nucleus in Canada for cutting edge research on India/Indian diaspora, to showcase, advocate, catalyze, and foster an equitable, respectful, and sustained exchange of knowledge between Canadian and Indian scholars on complex and emerging (and unexplored) topics related to sustainability and social and economic well-being.

Graduate Teaching

Immigration and Settlement Studies MA Program

Format: One-year, full-time; Two-years, part-time

Degree Earned: Master of Arts

This innovative program explores immigration trends, policies and programs in Canada from multi-disciplinary perspectives. Available in full- and part-time study options, and catering to research- and professionally oriented students, the program prepares graduates for careers in the community, government and private sectors, as well as further academic pursuits.

Policy Studies PhD Program

Format: Full-time

Degree Earned: PhD

The PhD in Policy Studies is the first and only interdisciplinary doctoral program of its kind in Canada. The program is designed to prepare a new generation of researchers for positions in academe and the public, non-profit and private sectors at the local, regional, national and international levels.


RCIS conducts its activities and occupies space in the traditional and unceded territory of nations including the Anishnaabeg, the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee, and the Wendat peoples, and territory which is also now home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples. This territory is covered by Treaty 13 signed with the Mississaugas of the Credit, as well as the Williams Treaties signed with multiple Mississaugas. Indigenous peoples lived in what we call Canada for thousands of years before the arrival of the first Europeans. We cannot ignore immigration’s linkages to settler colonialism, which in Canada has seen the expropriation of Indigenous land; the erasure of Indigenous geographies; the suppression of Indigenous knowledge; and the violent displacement, oppression, and systematic abuse of Indigenous families. The resilience of Indigenous peoples is evidenced by the continued survival of their cultures, languages, and expression, along with ongoing reclamation and resistance activities. RCIS is committed to using our platform to emphasize and celebrate this resilience, and to challenge enduring colonial efforts to eradicate Indigeneity in Canada. In August 2021, the university announced that it would begin a renaming process to reconcile the legacy of Egerton Ryerson for a more inclusive future. Let's write the next chapter together.