News: IMRC Policy Points Issue XIV Published

Read More Here: Welcoming Diversity: The Role of Local and Civil Society Initiatives in Integrating Newcomers

Feyzi Baban, Fuat Keyman, Hande Paker, and Kim Rygiel

News: Gunn Award Call for Papers 2018

2018 Gunn Award for Best Historical Essay on International Migration in Canada

In their effort to preserve the legacy of Canada’s immigration history and to support continued excellence in research in Canada on international migration, the International Migration Research Centre (IMRC) and the Canadian Immigration Historical Society (CIHS) are jointly offering a $1,000 award for a fourth-year undergraduate or graduate-level research paper on the historical evolution of Canadian immigration policy or a historical analysis of Canadian immigration related to specific places, events, or communities.

The Gunn Award for the best historical essay on international migration in Canada is an interdisciplinary award, and will therefore consider papers from any discipline in the social sciences and humanities (e.g. sociology, political science, global studies, history, communication studies, etc.) that address international migration in Canada from a historical perspective. The award is national and will accept applications from graduating fourth-year students and graduate students enrolled in Canadian universities, in either French or English, from across the country. Papers are reviewed by a committee consisting of IMRC and CIHS associates/members. The award will be conferred jointly by the IMRC and the CIHS and will be given out annually in the fall.

Submission Format

  • English or French
  • Between 15-20 pages in length
  • Cover page with name/contact information (name should not appear on subsequent pages) as well as the course, degree program and institution for which the paper was written as well as the current program status of the author
  • 1.5 line spacing, one-inch margins in a standard 12-point font such as Times New Roman
  • Thoroughly proofread
  • Citations in APA or MLA style

Please submit electronically to [email protected] by Friday, September 7, 2018.

By submitting their paper, the author consents to it being made public on the IMRC and CIHS websites, should their work be selected for the award.

Prix Gunn 2018 pour meilleur essai historique sur les migrations internationales au Canada

Dans leur effort de préserver l’héritage de l’histoire de l’immigration au Canada et pour soutenir l’excellence continue de la recherche sur les migrations internationales au Canada, le Centre de recherche sur les migrations internationales (CRMI) et la Société historique de l’immigration canadienne (SHIC) offrent conjointement un prix de 1000$ pour un article de recherche de quatrième année du baccalauréat ou d’un cycle supérieur portant sur l’évolution historique de la politique d’immigration canadienne ou faisant une analyse historique de l’immigration canadienne liée à certains endroits, évènements, ou communautés.

Le prix Gunn pour le meilleur essai historique sur les migrations internationales au Canada est un prix interdisciplinaire, et donc considère les travails de recherches de toutes les disciplines des sciences sociales et humaines (p. ex. sociologie, science politique, études mondiales, histoire, communication, etc.) qui abordent le sujet des migrations internationales au Canada avec une perspective historique. Le prix est national et acceptera les demandes d’étudiants de quatrième année universitaire ou d’un cycle supérieur inscrits dans une université canadienne, en français ou en anglais, provenant de partout au pays. Les dissertations sont évaluées par un comité formé des membres et associés du CRMI et de la SHIC. Le prix sera décerné conjointement par le CRMI et la SHIC et sera remis annuellement à l’automne.

Format de soumission

  • Anglais ou français
  • Entre 15 et 20 pages de longueur
  • Page de couverture avec nom et coordonnées (le nom ne doit pas apparaître sur les pages suivantes) ainsi que le cours, le programme d’études, l’institution pour laquelle le document a été rédigé et le statut de programme d’études actuel de l’auteur(e)
  • Interligne de 1,5, marges de 2,5 cm (1 po), avec une police standard (tel que Times New Roman) de taille 12
  • Soigneusement corrigé
  • Citations doivent suivre les styles APA ou MLA

Veuillez soumettre les demandes par courriel à [email protected] jusqu’au vendredi 7 septembre 2018 au plus tard.

En soumettant son document, l’auteur(e) accepte que celui-ci soit rendu publique sur les sites web du CRMI et de la SHIC si leur travail est sélectionné pour le prix.

News: MOAS Podcast: Rohingya Migrants Prepare for Extreme Weather

How do you protect over one million Rohingya refugees during the monsoon season? It’s difficult. In a few short weeks, the cyclone and monsoon seasons will hit Bangladesh bringing with them wind speeds of up to 100 kilometres and almost two metres in rainfall in some places. That’s why we’re exploring what’s going on the ground, why this year could be deadly and how the aid agencies are preparing for a multitude of emergencies. Joining us to discuss this are Pro Vice Chancellor of the University of Sheffield, Dave Petley and WASH Officer for UNHCR, Emmett Kearney.

Dave Petley @davepetley
Emmett Kearney @emmettjk


Emergency Cyclone and Monsoon Appeal:

Emergency Cyclone and Monsoon Appeal 2018

News: 2017 Gunn Award Winner Iain Wilson Receives Certificate

The 2017 Gunn Award prize has been awarded to Iain Wilson, an MA student in the Department of History at Queen’s University, Kingston. He has a BA from Victoria College at the University of Toronto. Iain has also won the Michael Bliss Essay Prize in Canadian Political History and the George Metcalfe Memorial Scholarship for High Standing in Canadian History. He is currently studying Canadian state policy towards Indigenous peoples in the late 19th century.

Iain’s essay is titled, “Organic Settlement in Pre-19th Century Newfoundland”. The essay explores why, despite the considerable value of Newfoundland’s fisheries (one of the most potent in the world until recently) and the strong state interest of the English Crown in maintaining this economy, European migration to Newfoundland remained relatively inconsiderable until the 19th century, why those who did settle chose to do so, and how these organic communities created the foundations for future migration influxes. Click here to read the essay.

IMRC Receives 2017 President’s Achievement Award!

News: IMRC’s Dr. Janet McLaughlin in the news!

Check out the Star’s article, a documentary, and WLU highlight of her research.


News: Article on IMRC’s Associate Director Kim Rygiel

Laurier political scientist researching what makes communities embrace or reject newcomers 

Join the IMRC Community

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.

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.

Guidelines and Application Form

Welcome from New IMRC Directors

Dear colleagues,

Summer’s greetings from the IMRC! We hope that this finds you immersed in fruitful field research, cool summer activities, and rest.

We are writing to announce our arrival as new directors at the IMRC, to introduce you to the Centre’s new Administrative Assistant Kirsten Pries, and to thank outgoing directors Drs. Jenna Hennebry and Margaret Walton-Roberts. As founding directors, Jenna and Margaret established a thriving Centre and set a high bar for IMRC activity. We have been grateful to enjoy the Centre as an intellectual and politically-engaged home, and look forward to contributing to the life of the Centre with the same energy and spirit of inclusion and meaningful engagement established by Margaret and Jenna.

Many of you proposed stimulating ideas at the general meeting held at the Balsillie School of International Affairs last fall, and we are excited to implement and move forward with these ideas. In the months ahead, you can expect to hear from us about upcoming lectures, films, conferences, committees, and roaming coffee klatches. We will be embarking on a five-year visioning exercise for the Centre, and also have a new communications strategy in the works (thanks to Shawna Reibling and Research Services!).

We would like the opportunity to share your work with broader communities and are eager to showcase the wonderful research being carried out by affiliated students, faculty, and visiting scholars. The extent of collaboration across campuses and international boundaries is impressive. We want to see you and hear what you have been up to.

Please check out the updated website when you have a chance (, let us know any thoughts you have, and look for messages from us over the usual channels: the IMRC email listserve, twitter (@imrconline), and facebook (@internationalmigrationresearchcentre).

We look forward to working with you in the months and years ahead to continue to build a vibrant intellectual home for research and public engagement at the IMRC.


Alison Mountz (Director) and Kim Rygiel (Associate Director)

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.

Donate to IMRC today!

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