Migrant Mobility Initiative

Providing free bicycles to migrant farm workers in Ontariobike sign

Migrant farm workers can experience restrictive circumstances working in Ontario. Simple things like long hours and distance from important services are obstacles. Easy, safe and affordable transportation can remove some of them.

Providing bicycles to groups may help to increase their mobility, allowing individuals and groups to better access things they need.

Your donations will go directly to the purchase of bicycles that will be given, free of cost, to migrant farm workers. The more donations we receive, the more bikes we can purchase.

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We’re making tracks, and our hard work is paying off, but to expand our reach we need your help. At the IMRC, we believe that it takes the contributions of many to build a healthy organization. In the words of James Cash Penney, “Growth is never by mere chance; it is the result of forces working together.”  The IMRC can now accept donations, so please give what you can to support world-class research on international migration.

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Skilled Migration: LATEST REPORT

Immigration policy changes and entry to practice routes for Internationally Education Nurses (IENs)

Margaret Walton-Roberts, Jennifer Guo, Keegan Williams and Jenna Hennebry

This knowledge synthesis report examines how migrant transition programs (status conversion from temporary to permanent) influence the nursing sector in Canada. Immigrant transition programs have significant relevance for nursing because they add complexity to;  labour force planning in the health sector,  ethical recruitment protocols for international health care, processes of migrant workforce integration, and  the assessment of structural processes that shape and reproduce migration as a form of gendered state developmentalist policy in some sending regions.

For more of IMRC’s research about Skilled Migration and the Global Nurse Care Chain, go to http://imrc.ca/skilled-migration/

IMRC Headlines

2016-03-08 Interview with IMRC Associate Director, Dr. Margaret Walton-Roberts at the 2015 Canadian Science Policy Conference ow.ly/ZujGs

2016-03-01 Now available as an e-book: “Diasporas, Development and Governance“, Abel Chikanda, Jonathan Crush, and Margaret Walton-Roberts

2015-11-05 New Report: International Students in Ontario’s Postsecondary Education System, 2000-2012: An evaluation of changing policies, populations and labour market entry processes, Keegan Williams, Gabriel Williams, Amy Arbuckle, Margaret Walton-Roberts and Jenna Hennebry, Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO)

2015-07-17 How Can Rust Belt Cities Attract More Immigrants?, article in the Pacific Standard featuring Dr. Margaret Walton-Robert’s work on second-tier cities

2015-06-26 Why newcomers are beginning to bypass Canada’s big cities, Globe and Mail article featuring Dr. Margaret Walton-Roberts

2015-04-22 Despite System’s Flaws, More International Students Coming to Ontario, a New Canadian Media article featuring Dr. Margaret Walton-Roberts

2015-04-12  Gujarati to Odia, Canada has ’em all, a Hindustan article featuring Dr. Margaret Walton-Roberts

2015-03-02 Migration Research Center at Koç University: International Summer School Opportunity

The Call for Applications is now opened. Submissions are due by midnight GMT on Sunday, 25 April 2015. This year MiReKoc Summer School will explore the theme of “Diasporas and Transnational Communities”.

2014-10-21 Congratulations to Lualhati Marcelino for winning the Student Poster Award Competition at the Canadian Health Workforce Conference in Ottawa. A copy of the poster can be found in the Other Documents page of the website.

2014-10-02 Apprehended: Securitization Meets Humanitarianism in Kenyan Refugee Camps by Dr. Jennifer Hyndman

Thursday, October 2 at 4 pm in the Senate and Board Chamber at Wilfrid Laurier University


What happens when spaces of counterinsurgency and humanitarianism collide? Who is apprehended in such contexts, and how is visibility catalyzed? Twenty-two years after they opened, refugee camps for Somalis in Dadaab, Kenya currently house almost half a million people. Refugees in these camps are not, for the most part, apprehended as humanitarian subjects in Kenyan public discourse or in international media. With the emergency phase over, they do not register, and have become the ‘remnants’ of the global polity, the flotsam and jetsam of ongoing conflict in Somalia. The ‘war on terror’ in southcentral Somalia has, however, shifted the ground and re-calibrated the meanings of camps and refugees, with Al Shabab (‘the youth’) rebels operating in and them. Subjectivity and apprehension are probed in this context.

2014-09-22 to 2014-10-31 Exhibits in the Library: “Do you see what I see?” by Bharati Sethi

2014-05-08 IMRC Associate Dr. Jonathan Crush co-editor of new book: A New Perspective on Human Mobility in the South

2014-05-09 IMRC Associates proudly celebrate Associate Director, Margaret Walton-Roberts and her Laurier Faculty Mentoring Award

2014-05-06 IMRC releases Policy Points Issue VI The Migrant Farmworker Health Journey: Identifying Issues and Considering Change across Borders

2014-05-01  IMRC Director, Jenna Hennebry, interviewed by CBC about temporary foreign worker numbers rising steeply in Kitchener and Guelph

2014-03-13  IMRC sponsors the S.A.M.E. Awareness Tour 2014

2014-03-04 IMRC Affiliate, Moniruzzaman Mohammad, awarded Laurier’s GSA Researcher of the month

2014-02-11 IMRC Associate, Dr. Jonathan Crush, interviewed on micro-entrepreneurs as targets of violence in SA

2014-01-31 IMRC Associate Dr. Robert McLeman launches new book, Climate and Human Migration

2014-01-18 IMRC sponsors CACS-ACEC keynote, Mimi Thi Nguyen “Damage Control, and the Art of Governing Freedom”

2014-01-17 CACS-ACEC presents a free screening of “Dal Puri Diaspora: The journey of Indian rotis across three continents”

2014-01-16 IMRC Associates go to Dispersion 2014 CACS-ACEC annual national conference

2013-12-12  IMRC releases the 2012-2013 Annual Report

2013-12-05 “Inner-city ‘cleansing’ eats away at food security” by Jonathan Crush, Business Day BDLive

2013-11-29  IMRC Affiliate, Maissaa Mustafa talks to CBC about the barriers new Canadians and refugees face

2013-11-18  Robert McLeman comments on climate and refugees in the Globe and Mail

2013-11-08  “IMRC presents migration lectures with Mat Coleman and Kathy Kopinak”

2013-10-28  “Should international law recognize ‘climate change refugees’?” The Current, CBC

2013-09-12  “Grant helps Laurier researchers bring mirgration research to public” WLU Headlines

2013-09-10  “Filling the labour gaps” Chris Sorensen, Macleans

2013-08-20  IMRC faculty release new edited book, Territoriality and Migration in the EU Neighbourhood

2013-06-24  “Most who leave SA are economically lost to the country” Jonathan Crush, Cape Times

2012-10-10  “Can we keep our doctors and get back those who left?” Jonathan Crush, The New Age

2012-10-05  Publication from Assessing the Complexities of South Asian Migration Conference

2012-10-04  “The Ambivalent Diaspora: what South African Canadians think”, blog post by Jonathan Crush

2012-10-04  Upcoming public lecture October 17, “The Ugandan Asian Refugee Movement 1972”

2012-09-12  Lastest Policy Points III now posted

2012-08-13  Podcast: Luin Goldring and Janet McLaughlin, about temporary migrants and “deeming”

2012-08-08  AFSUN-SAMP-IMRC Conference, University of Cape Town Nov 26-27 – Abstracts due

2012-08-08  Attend the El Contrato Documentary screening for free in Toronto on August 28

2012-08-08  Migration and Development Journal, New 2012 Release

2012-07-23  CIHS Bulletin, July 2012

2012-06-21  IMRC researchers study health across borders

2012-06-07  Public lecture by Sucha Singh Gill on Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme in India

2012-06-06  Long-form census remains hot topic for Canadian researchers

2012-05-12  Diaspora newsletter “Roots & Routes” released

2012-04-23  “Temporary Foreign Workers Canada Blacklist: Jason Kenney wants permanent ban on employers who abuse migrant workers” Rachel Mendleson, Huffington Post

2012-04-15  Jenna Hennebry and Janet McLaughling on CTV’s ProvinceWide

2012-04-16  Getting Used to the Quiet: Immigrant Adolescents’ Journey to Belonging in New Brunswick, Canada

2012-01-26  “Illegal migration and policy challenges in Nigeria” Lanre Ikuteyijo, Africa Portal Backgrounder No. 21



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The International Migration Research Centre (IMRC) is a research centre serving as a focal point for debate, research, policy analysis, and proposal development related to international migration at the global, national and regional scale. The IMRC fosters research in new policy development and alternative models and practices of managing temporary, circular and permanent forms of international migration. Our research is relevant to practice and policymaking in the areas of international governance, mobilities, critical border issues, diaspora and development, labour relations, transnationalism and human security.

Our mission is to develop and sponsor research linkages and activities with scholars, and share and discuss the implications of this research with nongovernmental and governmental actors and representatives from across Canada and around the world. We are building a network of scholars, community representatives and policy-makers in order to foster relevant and innovative research and partnerships – so, affiliate with the IMRC and connect!

IMRC Organizational Structure

The research centre structure involves a Director, an Associate Director, Executive Committee and a Board of Directors drawn from our Research Associates, Research Affiliates, Community/Institutional Affiliates and Student Affiliates. Research associates/affiliates requests are to be submitted to the executive committee (via email or hard copy), and new members will be determined by a majority vote. To become an IMRC Research Associate or Affiliate, submit the application form with a recent CV demonstrating research interests in the field of international migration. Community/Institutional Affiliates are asked to contact the Director or Associate Director directly prior to submitting the form, since in some cases it will not be required. Students are asked to submit the form, and undergo an interview with the Director or Associate Director.

Research Associates are typically faculty members from Wilfrid Laurier University, University of Waterloo and/or the Balsillie Scohool of International Affairs who are interested in participating in IMRC events and research initiatives. IMRC Research Associates may: utilize the IMRC’s research space, conference/meeting area, and visiting scholar offices; participate free of charge in centre events; contribute papers to the online working paper series and other IMRC publications; administer grants or contracts through the IMRC; draw on IMRC research assistants and administrative support when available for research or events hosted by the IMRC; be eligible to apply for financial support or research assistantships when available; advertise events and circulate information through the IMRC website; be sent regular updates on centre events and research, internal and external funding opportunities, conference announcements, calls for papers, and new publication releases related to international migration; participate in yearly workshops and sessions organized by the IMRC at WLU, at National and International Metropolis Conferences, and other venues; utilize the IMRC reference library, migration research and teaching resources (e.g. the IOM/FOCAL Online Migration Mapping Project, and journal subscriptions); help initiate new proposals and research perspectives and help to develop the ongoing network collaborations between academic and community members. IMRC Associates may be considered for positions on the executive committee, or for the positions of Director and Associate Director. Research Associates must have a demonstrated research interest related to international migration.

Research Affiliates include faculty and researchers (e.g. PhD students, lecturers, independent scholars) from across Canada, as well as international scholars with an interest in international migration research. IMRC Research Affiliates will be sent regular updates on centre events and research, funding opportunities for faculty and students, conference announcements and calls for papers, and new publication releases related to international migration. Affiliates may contribute papers to the online working paper series and other IMRC publications, and may participate in centre events, workshops and conferences.

Our Partners and Networks include community members, policy makers, non-governmental and governmental representatives and other organizations who are involved in work related to immigrants or migration more broadly. These affiliated individuals and groups will be sent regular updates on centre events and research, and new publication releases related to international migration. Community Advisory Board is comprised of three members drawn from the community/non-governmental and government organizations. Advisory board members are asked to participate in 2 meetings per year in order to provide input on the direction of research and potential collaborations with community groups, with respect to service delivery, meeting the needs of receiving communities and migrants, policy evaluation and policy making.  The Community Advisory Board will be determined by the Director and Associate Director. Positions on the community advisory board are 3 years in duration.

Student Affiliates are graduate students from any faculty, department or campus who have an interest related to international migration.  Students wishing to be affiliated with the centre are asked to submit this form to either the Director or Associate Director. Students will be able to take part in the centre’s events, utilize research resources, and apply for funding, scholarships and research assistantships.

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