Childrearing under fire: Implications for child protection

This research project—using place-based research methods with families—aims to generate knowledge regarding the experiences of Syrian refugee mothers (specifically those who are pregnant or those raising very young children), as a means by which to better understand and address child protection issues.

Diaspora and Development

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.

Global Governance of International Migration

This project brings together scholars from the IMRC and the Balsillie School of International Affairs to connect the growing body of empirical research with policy and governance planning and frameworks, and to formulate and recommend improved models for the global governance of migration with an eye to human security and migrant rights. Researchers aim to map the contemporary myriad of movers and managers that characterize the global governance of migration.

Island Detention

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 area of policy and institutional coherence for migration and development is an emerging field of research and practice. Within the field, there has been considerable focus on how to operationalise coherence from the intra-governmental level, that is, from the perspective of national policy makers.

Mapping Migration

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.

Migrant Worker Health

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.

Promoting and Protecting Women Migrant Workers’ Rights

UN WOMEN, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, has enlisted the IMRC to direct this project in collaboration with country offices at the national level in three separate contexts: Mexico, Moldova and the Philippines. The project aims to explore the vulnerabilities and risks faced by women migrant workers as they are placed in precarious working conditions or face exploitation and abuse, even though they are also seen as agents of development, remitters of earnings and breadwinners.

Skilled Migration

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.

Socio-spatial experiences of Syrian children and families living in refugee camps: A mixed-methods study of mobility and well-being

The proposed research project fills this gap in the current knowledge base by exploring the everyday mobilities of children and families living in refugee camps. Using place-based mixed methods including narrative, mapmaking, photography, and neighborhood walks, this research asks, What are children’s socio-spatial experiences and mobility patterns when living in refugee camps?

Southern African Migration Programme (SAMP)

One of the critical challenges facing Africa is how to harness the potential of internal and international migration in the interests of development. The Southern African Migration Programme (SAMP) is an international network of organizations founded in 1996 to promote awareness of migration-development linkages in SADC. SAMP conducts applied research on migration and development issues, provides policy advice and expertise, offers training in migration policy and management, and conducts public education campaigns on migration-related issues.

The Pluralism Project

Drawing on public and private sector partners, this project aims to conduct academic research to provide quantitative data; consult diverse stakeholders at home and abroad to explore the economic impacts of pluralism and global connectivity; engage publicly using traditional and social media; and release policy recommendations in early 2017 to coincide with the 150th anniversary of Confederation.