Labour flows from Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) to Canada are rising for several reasons. FOCAL and IMRC are building an interactive, web-based analytical mapping tool with data and information about temporary migration and development in order to provide critical information and fresh perspectives to inform and provide options for new policy agendas.
This project examines the journeys between states. The researchers are tackling this understudied issue by investigating islands as particular sites where struggles over migration, asylum, and sovereignty transpire and where federal mandates of national security and refugee protection intersect. This project will offer new ways of understanding what happens to global migrants on their journeys between states, including the role of interception at sea, detention on islands, and human rights issues.
The aim of the Migrant Worker Health Project is to provide evidence-based educational initiatives that describe the barriers to healthcare and service providers, and facilitate collaborative identification of strategies to increase temporary workers’ access to healthcare services and workers’ compensation, or WSIB.
Project leaders will produce a background research paper on global diaspora engagement in development, host an international policy conference focused on the international actors in diaspora development (planned for May 2013) and publish a volume of papers on the conference theme. This will be the first initiative of its kind and is long overdue given the growing interest of states and international organizations in programs and policies to facilitate greater diaspora engagement.
In her current research, Dr. Walton-Roberts examines the changing spatial and social characteristics of Indian trained nurse emigration as part her wider interest in global skilled migration. She examines the experiences of a cohort of Indian trained nurses to come to Ontario, Canada, for a post-graduate critical/geriatric care course. The custom-designed course was explicitly structured to guide students through the regulatory requirements to practice nursing in Ontario, and all the students entered the program through an immigration-education consultant based in India. Students were mostly drawn from two states in India, Kerala and Punjab. The research examines their experiences in the educational program and their entry into the nursing profession in Canada.
IMRC Intern, Bassie Kargbo, sends regular dispatches from Ghana, where he is placed with the International Organization for Migration (IOM). The IMRC coordinates internships with the IOM as the result of an ongoing partnership, to ensure our students from Wilfrid Laurier University and the Balsillie School of International Affairs can experience the roles and responsibilities of being practitioners in the field.