Nov 112013
Schedule and Location: Friday, May 30 1:45pm-3:15pm Vallee-499

Primary Session Category: Sociology of Immigration
Session Code: SoImm5-A
Session Format: Regular (Presentations and Discussion)

Session Description: Canada is a nation of immigrants. Given the national demographic trends of an increasingly aging population and decreasing birth rates, immigration has also provided a vital tool for addressing Canada’s labour market and demographic challenges. Notably, the 2011 National Household Survey reveals that Canada was home to 6,775,800 foreign individuals, representing 20.6% of the total population. Among the recent immigrants who arrived between 2006 and 2011, the largest share, 56.9% or about 661,600 individuals, came from Asia (including the Middle East) (Statistics Canada, 2013).  Regardless of their origins, immigrants arriving in Canada must deal with a multitude of complex and challenging tasks to settle and integrate in a new multicultural and multiethnic milieu. The multifaceted social, economic, and emotional costs of migration and integration into a foreign place are very often underestimated and may not be borne by individuals and families alone. This session invite papers that explore the settlement experiences of recent new immigrants in Canada, especially those that focus on immigrants residing in smaller cities.
Statistics Canada. (2013). 2011 National Household Survey: Immigration, place of birth, citizenship, ethnic origin, visible minorities, language and religion. The Daily, May 8.

Session Organizer: Henry Chow, University of Regina, Sociology & Social Studies,

Chair: Henry Chow


1. Aisha Birani   

Toward an Inclusive Islam? A Comparison of First- and Second-generation Muslims in Canada

2. Murshed Hussain  

Adaptation in a Small City: The Bangladeshi Immigration Experience

3. Christine Covell, Elena Neiterman, Ivy Bourgeault 

Internationally Educated Health Professionals, Professional Integration and Forms of Capital

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