Population Change and Lifecourse

Immigrants & Migrants

Committee Leader - Barry Edmonston, University of Victoria

Research Domain

By the late 1990s, the number of persons admitted to Canada as permanent residents was at an all time high, slightly under the limit reached in the great migration before World War I. Not surprisingly, these flows generate keen interest in the topics of international migration and migrant integration in Canada. This interest exists in many disciplines including, but not limited to, demography, economics, education, geography, political science, psychology, and sociology. This interest also transcends societal sectors, capturing the attention of academics, governments, the media and the lay public. ...The Immigrants and Migrants Committee has special niche to emphasize the lifecourse perspective in immigration studies.

The Immigrants and Migrants Committee proposes to focus on four areas: data needs for immigration and migration research, education achievements of immigrants and their children, changing composition of immigrants, and selected lifecourse-related topics.

Committee Reports

Committee Activities

Special Issue of the Canadian Studies in Population

Special issue of Canadian Studies in Population
2013, Volume 40, Issue 2
The Committee has edited and revised six papers from the the Workshop on Lifecourse Perspectives on Immigration held at the Centre Urbanisation, Culture et Société (UCS), Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique in Montréal on Friday, 4 June 2010.

Pathways to Metropolis in the 21st Century: Immigration Issues and Futures

Pathways to Metropolis in the 21st Century: Immigration Issues and Futures
Massey University, Aukland, New Zealand, October 24-26, 2012
Committee members participated in workshops dealing with:
(1) Contemporary Migration Issues: Gender and Migration Flows, and
(2) Identity, Cultural Competence, and Living Arrangements.

On behalf of the Committee, Sharon Lee presented a paper entitled “Family Structure and Immigrant’s Women’s Labour Force Participation in Canada” and Barry Edmonston presented a paper on “Living Arrangements of Canada’s Elderly Immigrants”.

Workshop on Immigrant Families

Workshop on Immigrant Families
Wilfrid Laurier University, May 28-29, 2012
Co-organized with the Thematic Committee on Families, the 2-day workshop included presentation of 10 papers.

Asian Americans and Asian Canadians: A Minority Success Story?

Asian Americans and Asian Canadians: A Minority Success Story?
A joint Canadian Population Society- Population Association of America session for the 2012 annual meetings of the Population Association of America in San Francisco, 3 May 2012

Organizer and Co-Chair: Barry Edmonston, University of Victoria
Co-Chair: Min Zhou, University of California, Los Angeles
Participants: • Grace Kao, University of Pennsylvania • Sharon M. Lee, University of Victoria • Arthur Sakamoto, University of Texas at Austin

This session was well-attended and stimulated excellent discussion on the Asian-origin population in Canada and the United States.

Workshops at the 16th International Metropolis Conference

Workshops at the 16th International Metropolis Conference,
Azores Islands, September 12-16, 2011
Migration Futures: Perspectives on Global Changes

Policy Session at the 2009 Annual Meeting of the Canadian Population Society

Immigration and Public Policy
Organizer and Chair: Ann Kim (York University)
Discussant: Howard Duncan (Executive Head, Metropolis Project)

  • Immigration, Uneven Population Distribution, and the Need for Electoral Reform in Canada, Don Kerr and Hugh Mellon (King’s College, University of Western Ontario).
  • The Effect of Immigration on Wages in Canadian Metropolitan Labour Markets, 1981-2001, Richard A. Wanner (University of Calgary).
  • Does Residential Crowding Reflect Hidden Homelessness? Michael Haan (University of Alberta).
  • Healthy Immigrants or Downtrodden Workers? Employment and Health after Migrating to Canada, Sean Clouston and Magali Girard (McGill University).

2010 Socio-Economic Conference

2010 Socio-Economic Conference
Session on Immigrant Integration

  • Early Career Difficulties for Visible Minority Postsecondary Graduates in Canada: A Longitudinal Approach
    Pierre Canisius Kamanzi and Jake Murdoch, Université de Montréal, Montréal, Quebec; Jacques Ledent, Urbanisation, Culture et Société- Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS), Montréal, Quebec
  • U-shaped Assimilation or Economic Entrenchment? Factors Affecting Occupational Status Recovery for Highly Skilled Immigrants in Canada
    Laura J. Templeton, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta
  • Cohort Progress Toward Home Ownership and Household Formation: Immigrant Experiences in the U.S. and Canada Compared
    Michael Haan, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta; Zhou Yu, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah

Workshop on Lifecourse Perspectives on Immigration

Workshop on Lifecourse Perspectives on Immigration
Centre Urbanisation, Culture et Société, Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique, Friday, 4 June 2010

Workshop at the 15th International Metropolis Conference

Workshop at the 15th International Metropolis Conference
The Hague, The Netherlands, October 4-8, 2010
The value of life course perspective for immigrant integration research

4th Population, Work, Family Policy Research Collaboration

4th Population, Work, Family Policy Research Collaboration
Session on Migrants at Risk: Family Lives and Labour Market

  • The residential crowding of immigrants in Canada, Michael Haan (University of Alberta)
  • The effects of immigrant policies and labour market structures on the receipt of welfare benefits among immigrants to 23 more developed countries, Richard A. Wanner (University of Calgary)
  • Falling out of safety nets or saved by family ties? Ethnicity, immigrant status and poverty among the elderly, Monica Boyd and Lisa Kaida (University of Toronto)

3rd Population, Work, Family Policy Research Collaboration

3rd Population, Work, Family Policy Research Collaboration
Session on Immigrants and the Labour Market

  • Ethnocultural diversity of future working age population using PopSim updated results, Alain Belanger, l'Institut national de la recherche sceintifique (INRS)