Population Change and Lifecourse


2014 Projects

Synthesis Paper: "International Student and Education Migrant Mobilities

Building on an ethos of interdisciplinarity, the synthesis project aims to bridge the gap in understanding various perspectives surrounding the theme of international students. The research synthesis will summarize key themes and findings from the academic and grey literature on international students and education migrants. Studies will be drawn from across the social sciences with a focus on literature from the perspectives of education, sociology, geography, economics, and demography to bring into focus the various structural, social, cultural contexts which impact international students, the government and policymakers, higher education institutions and other stakeholders.

Project Team: Ann H. Kim, Associate Professor, and Gunjan Sondhi, Postdoctoral Fellow, York University

Cluster support for the project: $6,000

Discussion Paper: Bridging the Literature on Education Migration

Synthesis Paper: "(In)Visible Minorities in Canadian Health Data and Research"

Racial/ethnic health disparities are a largely invisible (pun intended) area of health research in Canada. The purpose of our synthesis paper is to address this knowledge gap. We aim to review and synthesize existing data and studies to: (1) summarize morbidity and mortality patterns for visible minorities in Canada, (2) summarize the determinants of visible minority health, (3) highlight, where possible, the health status of the visible minority older adult population, and (4) summarize the data sources used in the studies we review. The goal of this data synthesis is to document the varied—and possibly, limited—nature of the data available on visible minority health in Canada. We will also identify promising datasets that researchers can use to examine population health for visible minorities. This project is a first step towards a planned larger project examining the health of visible minority older adults. The future project will focus on health inequalities in later life and the social determinants of such inequalities, particularly the role of discrimination.

Project Team: Karen Kobayashi, Associate Professor, Sharon Lee, Research Professor, and Mushira Khan, MA candidate, University of Victoria; and Zoua Vang, Assistant Professor, McGill University

Cluster support for the project: $6,300

Discussion Paper: (In)Visible Minorities in Canadian Health Data and Research

QICSS Support for the colloquium, “Tomorrow’s Demography: Innovations, Intersections and Collaborations,” organized with the Association des démographes du Québec

The colloquium will take place over two days, 14 and 15 May 2014. The call for papers touched on three principal emphases: data collection, the development of new analytical methods and, finally, the question of collaboration on various levels, whether inter-institutional, international or inter-sectorial. The established program covers a wide range of topics related to these issues. Data from the new National Household Survey (NHS) will be the subject of one session, whose aim is to guide researchers in using a survey that poses significant challenges as compared to previous censuses. Another session will focus on the utilization, for the purposes of research, of various administrative data sources, a promising avenue for research. A double session will present different approaches used in micro-simulation models and their results, a theme that QICSS has wanted to put forward for some time, which involves researchers from different backgrounds working in an academic or government setting. Finally, two other sessions will discuss respectively the issue of integration of various data sources and the use of new technologies in modes of data collection and preservation, both in a variety of contexts.

Team: Lisa Dillon, University of Montréal and Danielle Gauvreau, Concordia University

Cluster Support for the Project: $2,300

International Seminar on “Separation, Divorce, Re-partnering and Remarriage around the World”, Montreal, Canada, 4–6 May 2015

The seminar, organized by the Panel on Nuptiality of the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP), aims at getting  together scholars working on separation, divorce, re-partnering and remarriage from around the world, with focus on trends, determinants and associated emerging challenges for family demography. The organizers are especially interested in research that is based on a comparative approach (across countries or within a country) or that addresses the issue of trends and differentials.  By including participants from a diversity of countries, the seminar will benefit from multiple socio-cultural perspectives, different policy approaches and different experiences.  The organizers are planning two special journal issues - one in English in the Canadian Studies in Population and one in French in the Cahiers québécois de démographie - based on the papers presented in the seminar. They also plan on preparing a Policy and Research Paper, highlighting the major outcomes of the seminar in a policy perspective.

Project Team: Benoît Laplante, INRS; Julieta Quilodrán, El Colegio De Mexico; Clara Cortina, University Pompeu Fabra; and Ana Laura Fostik, INRS

Cluster support for the project: $10,000

Policy Brief: “Do Host Country Education and Language Training Help Recent Immigrants Exit Poverty?”

A Policy Brief and a Press Release will be produced based on the paper that examines whether and to what extent post-­‐migration skill development, namely education and language training, helps recent immigrants to quickly transition from low family incomes.  The analysis of data from the Longitudinal Survey of Immigrants to Canada (LSIC) finds that recent arrivals experiencing family poverty, especially highly educated ones, do benefit from Canadian education and English/French language training in overcoming their initial economic hardships. This work contributes to the Cluster’s three research domains, immigration, family, and lifelong learning, as well as immigrant integration policy.  It is one of the few studies that quantitatively assess the economic benefit of language training for adult immigrants in North America.  This study was published as a peer‐reviewed article in Social Science Research 42 (3) in 2013. 

Project proponent: Lisa Kaida, Memorial University

Cluster support for the project: $904.40

Policy Brief #17: Language Training and Education Help Adult New Immigrants Exit Poverty