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The Working Papers Series is produced jointly by the Centre for Immigration and Settlement (RCIS) and the CERC in Migration and Integration at Ryerson University.

Working Papers present scholarly research of all disciplines on issues related to immigration and settlement. The purpose is to stimulate discussion and collect feedback. The views expressed by the author(s) do not necessarily reflect those of the RCIS or the CERC in Migration and Integration.

Please contact us with any questions about RCIS and CERC in Migration and Integration publications. 

Working paper no. 2021/11

Meaningful and Inclusive Engagement: Are We There Yet? A Case Study of Scarborough Neighbourhood Improvement Areas (NIAs) Participatory Processes

Kiana Côté, Ryerson University

Working paper no. 2021/10

Immigrants and Cities: Conceptualizing Urban Informality Within Planetary Urbanization

Dominik T. Formanowicz, York University

Working paper no. 2021/9

Using Machine-Learning to Triage Canada’s Temporary Resident Visa Applications

Lucia Nalbandian, Ryerson University

Working paper no. 2021/8

Understanding the forced repatriation of Ethiopian migrant workers from the Middle East

Girmachew Adugna, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Flight and Migration Competence Center, Addis Ababa 

Working paper no. 2021/7

Implementing the UN Global Compacts by Institutionalising a New Hybrid Organisational Form

Younes Ahouga, Ryerson University

Working paper no. 2021/6

Canada’s private sponsorship program: Success, shortcomings, and policy solutions

Ervis Martani, Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique

Working paper no. 2021/5

Transforming the International Organisation for Migration: An Analysis of the IOM Strategic Vision

Younes Ahouga, Ryerson University

Working paper no. 2021/4

National Models of Integration in Comparative Migration Studies: A Critical Appraisal

Aryan Karimi (University of British Columbia; Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity) & Rima Wilkes (University of British Columbia)

Working paper no. 2021/3

Iranian Migrations to Dubai: Constraints and Autonomy of a Segmented Diaspora

Amin Moghadam, Ryerson University

Working paper no. 2021/2

Narratives on Returning Refugees, Asylum Seekers, and Irregular Migrants

Zeynep Sahin-Mencutek, Ryerson University

Working paper no. 2021/1

Unity in Diversity? Neoconservative Multiculturalism and the Conservative Party of Canada

John Carlaw, Ryerson University

Working paper no. 2020/18

Migration Narratives from Origin and Destination Country Perspectives

Zeynep Sahin-Mencutek, Ryerson University

Working paper no. 2020/17 

Migration Narratives in Policy and Politics

Zeynep Sahin-Mencutek, Ryerson University

Working paper no. 2020/16 

Extraction, Dependence, and Responsibility-Sharing: Taking Stock of Canada's Role in Western Hemispheric Migration Governance

Craig Damian Smith, Ryerson University

Working paper no. 2020/15 

The Substance of Solidarity: What the Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic Says About the Global Refugee Regime

Maggie Perzyna, Ryerson University

Working paper no. 2020/14 

A Religion like No Other: Islam and the Limits of Multiculturalism in Canada

Triadafilos Triadafilopoulos & Jameela Rasheed, University of Toronto

Working paper no. 2020/13 

The Evolution of EU-Africa Migration Partnerships: Lessons in Transnational Migration Governance

Oreva Olakpe, Ryerson University

Working paper no. 2020/12 

Discourses of Exclusion and Undesirability: The Designated Countries of Origin Policy and its Impact on Hungarian Romani Refugee Claimants

Jenna Koumantaros, Ryerson University

Working paper no. 2020/11* 

Employment Services Responses to Labour Market Challenges for South Asian Women: An ACCES Employment Study

Manjeet Dhiman, Ada Wong & Jody Yvonne, ACCES Employment


*This working paper is part of a three-paper volume examining the migration, settlement, and integration experiences of women from South Asian countries in Canada. We invite you to PDF fileread the full volume with a preface by Dr. Marshia Akbar, Senior Research Associate with the Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) in Migration and Integration at Ryerson University.

Working paper no. 2020/10* 

Labour Market Challenges and Entrepreneurial Activities of Bangladeshi Immigrant Women in Toronto: A Family Perspective

Marshia Akbar (Ryerson University) & Valerie Preston (York University)


*This working paper is part of a three-paper volume examining the migration, settlement, and integration experiences of women from South Asian countries in Canada. We invite you to PDF fileread the full volume with a preface by Dr. Marshia Akbar, Senior Research Associate with the Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) in Migration and Integration at Ryerson University.

Working paper no. 2020/9* 

Express Entry and Economic Migration Pathways to Canada: Opportunities and Barriers for South Asian Women

Vathsala Illesinghe (Ryerson University), Nishi Mitra vom Berg (TATA Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India) & Khalid Iftekhar (Open University, Dhaka, Bangladesh)


*This working paper is part of a three-paper volume examining the migration, settlement, and integration experiences of women from South Asian countries in Canada. We invite you to PDF fileread the full volume with a preface by Dr. Marshia Akbar, Senior Research Associate with the Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) in Migration and Integration at Ryerson University.

Working paper no. 2020/8 

Why Migrants Stay in Small and Mid-Sized Canadian Cities: Towards a New Analytical Framework Using a Life Course Approach

Michelle Nguyen, Ryerson University

Working paper no. 2020/7 

Exploring Innovative Migrant Integration Practices in Small and Mid-Sized Cities across Canada

Jenna Blower, York University

Working paper no. 2020/6 

Exploring Indigenous Newcomer Relations in the City of Toronto: Changing Demographics Reconciliation and Potential of City Planning

Niko Casuncad, Ryerson University

Working paper no. 2020/5 

A history of the memories of the ‘sanctuary city’ in Toronto, Canada

Rachel Humphris, Queen Mary, University of London

Working paper no. 2020/4 

The Kinship between Refugee and Family Sponsorship

Audrey MacklinLuin Goldring (York University), Jennifer Hyndman (York University), Anna KortewegKathryn Barber (York University) & Jona Zyfi (University of Toronto)

Working paper no. 2020/3 

Inclusive City Building: Public Engagement Processes in the GTA

Taranjeet Kaur Grewal, Ryerson University

Working paper no. 2020/2 

Undocumented Migrant Communities in Cities: Negotiating Legal and Legitimate Status from Below

Oreva Olakpe, Ryerson University

Working paper no. 2020/1 

Mapping Migrancies: A discursive mapping approach to analyse lived experiences of skilled migration infrastructures

Marina Khan, Western Sydney University

Working paper no. 2019/5 

Barriers vs. bridges: Undocumented immigrants' access to post-secondary education in Ontario

Marietta Armanyous & Graham Hudson, Ryerson University

Working paper no. 2019/4 

Syrian brides and the Global Compact on Refugees: How Canada's FIAP can reimagine refugee women's empowerment

Dina Taha, York University

Working paper no. 2019/3 

Rescaling the Sanctuary City: Police and Non-Status Migrants in Ontario, Canada

Mia Hershkowitz, Graham Hudson & Harald Bauder, Ryerson University

Working paper no. 2019/2 

Promoting and Challenging Immigration Detention in Canada: Understanding the Role of Advocacy Coalition Groups in Canada’s Immigration Detention Policy Subsystem 

Vanessa Chidi Wachuku, Ryerson University

Working paper no. 2019/1 

Influence of Immigration Policies on Supply of Ethnic Business Entrepreneurs in Canada

Shuguang Wang & Rebecca Hii, Ryerson University

Working paper no. 2018/2

Assessing Canada's Support of International Students: A Comprehensive Review of Canada's Retention and Settlement of its "Model Immigrants" 

Zaheer A. Dauwer, Ryerson University

Working paper no. 2018/1

Serving Immigrant Families: Using Knowledge Translation to Inform a Family Approach in the Settlement Sector

Tania Dargy, Ryerson University

Working paper no. 2017/3

The Syrian Refugee Crisis in Canadian Media

Vappu Tyyskä, Jenna Blower, Samantha DeBoer, Shunya Kawai & Ashley Walcott, Ryerson University

Working paper no. 2017/2

The Syrian Refugee Crisis: A Short Orientation

Vappu Tyyskä, Jenna Blower, Samantha DeBoer, Shunya Kawai & Ashley Walcott, Ryerson University

Working paper no. 2017/1

(No) Access T.O.: A Pilot Study on Sanctuary City Policy in Toronto, Canada

Graham Hudson, Idil Atak, Michele Manocchi & Charity-Ann Hannan, Ryerson University

Working paper no. 2016/3

The Immigrant's Journey: Race and Trauma in the Sopranos

Pouyan Tabasinejad, Ryerson University

Working paper no. 2016/2

Transnational Social Resilience in La Costa Region of Chiapas, Mexico

Ana Vila Freyer, Ryerson University

Working paper no. 2016/1

Immigrant Settlement and Integration Services and the Role of Nonprofit Service Providers: A Cross-National Perspective on Trends, Issues and Evidence

John Shields, Julie Drolet & Karla Valenzuela, Ryerson University

Working paper no. 2015/6

On Adenauer, Hegel, and... Migration (or, How to Interpret Europe's Migrant "Crisis")

Harald Bauder, Ryerson University

Working paper no. 2015/5

The Parent and Grandparent Sponsorship Program Reforms: The Consequence of a Neoliberal Shift

Devon Franklin, Ryerson University

Working paper no. 2015/4

From Enforced Closure to Regulated Mobility: The Need for a Paradigm Shift in Migration Policies

François Crépeau, Ryerson University

Working paper no. 2015/3

Towards a Sanctuary Province: Policies, Programs, and Services for Illegalized Immigrants' Equitable Employment, Social Participation, and Economic Development

Charity-Ann Hannan & Harald Bauder, Ryerson University

Working paper no. 2015/2

Intergenerational Violence: The Post-Migration Context in Canada

Tanja Petosic, Sepali Guruge, Karline Wilson-Mitchell, Reena Tandon, Andrea Gunraj, Andrea Robertson, Brenda Roche, Josie Di Zio, Krittika Ghosh & Harald Bauder, Ryerson University

Working paper no. 2015/1

Community Support for Newcomer Families: A Literature Review

Skylar Maharaj & Shuguang Wang

Working paper no. 2014/7

Discounting Immigrant Families: Neoliberalism and the Framing of Canadian Immigration Policy Change 

Jesse Root, Erika Gates-Gasse, John Shields & Harald Bauder, Ryerson University

Working paper no. 2014/6

Welcome to Canada? A Critical Review and Assessment of Canada's Fast-Changing Immigration Policies

Loft Ali Jan Ali, Ryerson University

Working paper no. 2014/5

The Impact of Changes to the CEC Program on International Students 

GOVision

Working paper no. 2014/4

Ethnic Media Election Coverage A Content Analysis Methodology 

April Lindgren, Ryerson University

Working paper no. 2014/3

Niche Employment or Occupational Segmentation? Immigrant Women Working in the Settlement Sector in Germany and Canada

Sita Jayaraman & Harald Bauder, Ryerson University

Working paper no. 2014/2

Steps toward Universalism in Immigration Policies: Canada and Germany

Dietrich Thränhardt

Working paper no. 2014/1

Exclusion, Failure, and the Politics of Citizenship

Bridget Anderson, Oxford University

Working paper no. 2013/9

The Private Sector, Institutions of Higher Education, and Immigrant Settlement in Canada

Emma Flynn & Harald Bauder, Ryerson University

Working paper no. 2013/8

Family Reunification? A Critical Analysis of Citizenship and Immigration Canada's 2013 Reforms to the Family Class

Jacklyn Neborak, Ryerson University

Working paper no. 2013/7

Discrimination Experienced by Landed Immigrants in Canada

Parveen Nangia, Ryerson University

Working paper no. 2013/6

Tracking Immigrant Professionals' Experience in Manitoba's Labour Market

Stephanie Stobbe & Judith Harris, Ryerson University

Working paper no. 2013/5

Settlement and Social Capital: Strengthening Futures for Newcomer Children and Society

Judith Colbert, Ryerson University

Working paper no. 2013/4

What Are Chinese Immigrant Parents' Concerns With Their Children's Education?

George Zhou, Ryerson University

Working paper no. 2013/3

A Journey of Her Own: A Critical Analysis of Learning Experiences Among Immigrant Women

Julia Fursova, Ryerson University

Working paper no. 2013/2

The Construction of National Identity in Germany: "Migration Background" as a Political and Scientific Category

Albert Scherr, Ryerson University

Working paper no. 2013/1

Employment Equity and Access to Social Welfare for Illegalized Immigrants: An Inclusive Approach that Also Makes Economic Sense

Charity-Ann Hannan, Ryerson University


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.