Western University SociologyFaculty of Social Science
Michael Haan

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Michael Haan, Associate Professor

Canada Research Chair in Migration and Ethnic Relations Full CV
Director, Statistics Canada Research Data Centre at Western
Director, Collaborative Graduate Program in Migration and Ethnic Relations

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In the News

June 25, 2018 "For U-Haul renters, a lot of roads lead to London" The London Free Press

May 10, 2018 "The importance of international students to Atlantic Canada" National Post

May 9, 2018 "The importance of international students to Atlantic Canada" The Conversation

Apr. 3, 2018 "Out-migration cause of low birth rates, says population expert" CBC News

Apr. 3, 2018 "Seulement 6673 naissances au Nouveau-Brunswick en 2017" CBC Radio-Canada nouveau-brunswick

Jan. 2, 2018 "As multi-ethnic population in Canada rises, complications arise for families" The Globe and Mail

Dec. 22, 2017 "Martin: Mayor's happy talk doesn't mesh with reality" London Free Press

Nov. 30, 2017 "Canada’s workforce: Education rates, commute times and time at work all growing" Ottawa Business Journal

Nov. 29, 2017 "London is number 1 when it comes to people who don't work" CBC News

Nov. 29, 2017 "Education rates, commute times and time at work all growing, census shows" National Post

Nov. 28, 2017 "Commutes, education and jobs: Statistics Canada to release last of census info" iPOLITICS

Oct. 27, 2017 "As Aboriginal population grows, needs remain unmet" Brantford Expositor

Oct. 26, 2017 "Canada getting more diverse as immigration, Indigenous population increase" The Globe and Mail

Oct. 25, 2017 "A majority of Torontonians now identify themselves as visible minorities" The Star

Oct. 25, 2017 "New census data reveals one-fifth of Canadians are immigrants" National Post

Oct. 25, 2017 "Almost 1 in 5 Londoners are now foreign-born" CBC News

Oct. 25, 2017 "Face of 'average Canadian' is anything but, says latest 2016 census" CityNews

Oct. 24, 2017 "Even as long-form census data returns, Statscan readies for day without it" CBC News

Oct. 23, 2017 "Statistics Canada Is Ready If The Long-Form Census Disappears Again" Huffington Post Canada


Recent Activities

May 31 presentation of Amoyaw, Haan, and Yoshida, "Examining the pathways to permanent residence and retention of international students" in Session 2.2: Immigration Outcomes of the Canadian Population Society Annual General Meeting

May 31 presenting Margolis, Hou, Haan, and Holm, "Consequences of parental benefits policies for family dynamics" in Session 3.2: Fertility of the Canadian Population Society Annual General Meeting

May 14 presented "Mobility in the Construction Industry" at the Families, Mobility and Work Symposium, Charlottetown

Apr. 26 presented Haan and Yu,  "Immigration to the United States and Canada's Spatial Mismatch and Policy Impact" at the Population Association of America 2018 Annual Meeting, Denver

Apr. 20, 2018 presented "The Recruitment and Retention of International Students in Canada" at Pathways to Prosperity Conference on International Students, Victoria BC

Nov. 14 presented with Miguel Cardoso, "Are People Still Moving for Money?: Changes in the Mover's Premium Over Time" at the CRDCN Annual General Meeting, Montreal

Oct. 17 presented "International Students in Canada" at Growing Together: Fueling the Economy through Immigration, Saint John, NB

Sept. 27 testified before a parliamentary standing committee on Immigration

Michael Haan’s research interests intersect the areas of demography, immigrant settlement, labour market integration, and data development. Dr. Haan is widely consulted by provincial and federal governments for policy advice in the areas of immigration, settlement services, the Canadian labour market, and population aging. He has signed Research Partnership Agreements with Citizenship and Immigration Canada, Employment and Skills Development Canada, and Statistics Canada. Each of these agreements creates a framework for Haan to conduct research on topics of interest and relevance to supporting departments, and potential research opportunities for students. In the past five years, he has been investigator or co-investigator on over 6 million dollars of funded research. Please see Dr. Haan if you’d like to be part of this research.

Current Grant and Contract-funded Research Projects
>for more see Full CV

Canada Research Chair in Migration and Ethnic Relations

Principal Investigator: "Universities and Municipalities, a New Research Partnership"
Co-investigators: Robert Andersen, Daniel Henstra, Anders Holm, David Zarifa
$197,258 SSHRC Insight Grant (2017-2022)

New Brunswick's Population Dynamics

Principal Investigator: “What Can Administrative Data Tell us About Aboriginal Canadians?”
$165,000 SSHRC Insight Grant (2016-2021)

Principal Investigator: “The Migratory Implications of Industrial Change”
$75,000 SSHRC Insight Development Grant (2016-2017)

Principal Investigator: "Irregular Migrant Flows and Population Change"
$25,000 SSHRC President's Innovation Fund (2016-2017)

Principal Investigator: “Joint Program Initiative of the European Union on Migration and Demographic Change”
$25,000 SSHRC President’s Innovation Fund (2016-2017)

Co-investigator: "Syrian Refugees Arrival, Settlement, and Arrival"
$25,000 SSHRC Targeted Research Grant (2016-2017)

Co-investigator: “Productivity, Firms, and Incomes”
$2,500,000 SSHRC Partnership Grant (2016-2021)

Principal Investigator: "What Can Administrative Data Tell us Abou Aboriginal Mobility?"
$169,000 SSHRC Insight Grant (2015-2020)

Principal Investigator: "The Migratory Implications of Industrial Change"
$72,502 SSHRC Insight Development Grant (2015-2017)

Principal Investigator: "Municipalities and Universities: Developing Infrastructure for Collaborative Research with Administrative Data"
$197,258.

Co-investigator: "Evaluating the Economic Outcomes and Retention of Immigrants to Atlantic Canada"
$221,850.

Recent Government Research Reports
>for more see Full CV

(2015) Municipal Population Projections, 2011-2026 (with John Calhoun) for the New Brunswick Department of Environment and Local Government.

(2014) Youth Out-Migration in New Brunswick (with John Calhoun) for the New Brunswick Population Growth Division.

(2014) Population Dynamics and their Labour Market Implications for New Brunswick (with Ashley Calhoun and John Calhoun) for the New Brunswick Labour Analysis Division.

(2014) Identifying the reservations that employers have around implementing work placed learning initiatives (with Sasha Caputo) for the New Brunswick Labour Analysis Division.

(2014) Investigating what current and future labour market entrants understand to be the current and future labour market opportunities (with Sasha Caputo) for the New Brunswick Labour Analysis Division.

(2014) Measuring the gaps between labour supply and demand, including skill shortages (with Jacob Travis) for the New Brunswick Labour Analysis Division.

(2014) Sourcing the reasons behind growing dependency ratios (urbanization, out-migration, fertility declines, etc.) across New Brunswick communities (with John Calhoun) for the New Brunswick Population Growth Division.

(2013) The Role of Human Capital in Out-migration from the Maritimes (with Ashley Calhoun) submitted to the Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission.

(2013) Report on the Sampling Error of the MPHEC Graduate Surveys (with Ashley Calhoun and John Calhoun) submitted to the Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission.

(2013) The Recruitment and Retention of Immigrants to New Brunswick (with Emma Flynn and Cathy Holtmann) for the New Brunswick Population Growth Division.

(2013) The Economic Establishment of Immigrants to New Brunswick (with Emma Flynn and Cathy Holtmann) for the New Brunswick Population Growth Division.

(2013) Investigating the sources of low innovative capacity in New Brunswick (low levels of relevant human capital, a lack of investment, few entrepreneur class immigrants, etc.) (with Kayla Power) for the New Brunswick Innovation Fund.

(2012) The Housing Experiences of Canadian Immigrants Written under contract with Citizenship and Immigration Canada. Available: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/resources/research/housing/index.asp.

Recent Publications (Past 5 Years)
>for more see Full CV

(forthcoming) Special issue of  Journal of Population Research on Health, Migration, and Administrative Data (Guest eds Michael Haan, J. Ted McDonald)

(2016) An Introduction to Social Statistics for Canadian Social Science Students 3rd ed. (with Jenny Godley), Oxford University Press.

(2015) "Cohort Progress toward Household Formation and Homeownership: A Comparison of Immigrant Racialized Minority Groups in Canada and the United States" (with Zhou Yu), Chapter 3 in Carlos Teixeira and Wei Li (eds.) The Housing and Economic Experiences of Immigrants in North American Cities , University of Toronto Press.

(2014) "At the crossroads: Geography, gender and occupational sector in employment-related geographical mobility" (with Deatra Walsh and Barbara Neis) in "Global and Canadian Population, a special issue of Canadian Studies in Population 41(3-4): 6-21.

(2013) "Trades-Related Post-Secondary Educational Attainment among Immigrant and Canadian-Born Young Adults in Alberta" (with Parvinder Hira-Friesen and Harvey Krahn) Alberta Journal of Educational Research 59(1): 29-44.

(2012) "Caste Confusion: the Epistemological Problems of Census Enumeration in Colonial India, 1871-1921" (with Kevin Walby) Social History/Histoire Sociale 45(90): 301-318.

(2012) "Cohort progress toward household formation and homeownership: young immigrant cohorts in Los Angeles and Toronto compared" (with Zhou Yu) Ethnic and Racial Studies 35(7): 1311-1337.

(2012) "Gender, Political Ideology and Climate Change Beliefs in an extractive industry community" (with Debra Davidson) Population and Environment 34(2): 217-34.

Currently Teaching

Sociology (main Campus)

9375B Immigration Policy Development and Evaluation Strategies

Graduate Supervision

Supervisory Status: Ph.D.

PhD

Ashley Calhoun (supervisor)

Jolene Roy (supervisor)

MA

Sonia Nguyen (supervisor)

Cavita Meetun (supervisor)

Supervised at University of New Brunswick

6 PhD students, 6 MA Students, 2 Post-Doctoral Fellows, 1 Honours BA

Committee Member for 9 PhD students, 11 MA students

Teaching Philosophy

Although I lecture comfortably in big classes, my personal preference is the ‘oxbridge’ pedagogical style, which is a much more tutorial-based style of teaching and learning. I believe that students need to be able to ask questions as they arise, and that in the era of mega-classroom lectures this has become somewhat of a luxury. I understand the role that big lectures play in the modern university, but I believe that this format is usefully accompanied by some smaller sessions, which I try to include in all my classes, where students can interact with their professor, teaching assistants, and fellow students in a more intimate and personal manner.

Closely related to this, whenever possible I try to employ a ‘knowledge through discovery’ approach in my teaching. Typically, this translates into spending a considerable amount of time working with students on projects and homework assignments. I regularly work one-on-one with students, often in the Statistics Canada Research Data Centre (RDC), to conceive an original project, learn the necessary analytical techniques to conduct the research, analyze the appropriate data, and write a publishable paper. Students seem to find the experience to be incredibly rewarding, and now they have the skills to be able to work on similar projects, independently, or as research assistants for other faculty members. In the coming years, I’m optimistic that these will be the students that leave a mark in their respective fields.

Ph.D., Sociology, University of Toronto
M.A, Sociology, University of Windsor
B.A., Sociology, Dordt College

Special Appointments and Honours

2010-2015 Canada Research Chair in Population and Social Policy, University of New Brunswick

2012-  Honorary Researcher, McGill Centre for Population Dynamics

2011-  Honorary Researcher, Prentice Institute for Global Population and Labour, University of Lethbridge

President, Canadian Population Society 2016-2019
Vice President, Canadian Population Society 2013-2016
National Committee, Canadian Population Society 2012-2014
Councilor, Canadian Population Society, 2011-2013

Member, Social Statistics Advisory Board, Statistics Canada

Editorial Board, Canadian Journal of Sociology

Advisory Board Member, Canadian Journal of Sociology