The forces of globalization have transformed migration in the twenty-first century into a complex, multi-layered system encompassing countries of origin, transit, and destination. Increased interconnectedness and dependence of modern nation-states and their economies have spurred a mass movement of money, goods and services, information, and people across geo-political boundaries. Wars, political instability, and natural disasters also impel people to flee their homeland in search of refuge. Indeed, one out of every 30 persons in the world is a migrant. Developing countries in Latin America, Africa, and Asia are often the suppliers of cheap and flexible labor for developed and emergent economies. Though sending countries may suffer from a temporary loss of its most skilled population—a phenomenon known as “brain drain”—they gain in remittances, money that immigrants send back to their relatives. It is estimated that worldwide, roughly the equivalent of $316 billion USD are sent by migrants to developing countries. Traditional immigrant-receiving countries such as Canada and the United States continue to recruit and attract both skilled and unskilled workers. In Canada immigrants make up about 19% of the total population and are a major source of the country’s growing visible minority population. Yet, beyond the effects on sending and receiving societies, migration also affects the individuals who move and their families and communities in both origin and destination areas as well. In this axis, we will explore how migration has transformed sending and receiving countries. We will also examine the economic, political, spatial, cultural, social, and health integration of immigrants and their children in both traditional (e.g., USA, Canada, Netherlands) and new (e.g., Ireland and Portugal) immigrant-receiving countries.

Members working in this area: Simona Bignami, Jay Kaufman, Solène Lardoux, Sonia Laszlo, Amélie Quesnel-Vallée, Michael Smith, Thomas Soehl, Zoua Vang and Morton Weinfeld

McGill Immigration, Race and Ethnicity (IRE) workshop

Workshop goal: this is a new, interdisciplinary workshop which brings together scholars from across different disciplines and faculties at McGill and other local universities who share a common interest in issues of migration, race and/or ethnicity. The goal of the workshop is to circulate works-in-progress in order to elicit feedback and suggestions for improving scholarly work such as dissertation chapters, journal articles, and conference papers. Papers are circulated two weeks in advance so that the majority of the meeting can be spent on feedback and discussion. We meet on a monthly basis on Thursdays from 12 to 1 PM. For current workshops, see HERE. For past workshops see HERE.

January 15, 2015* Marketa Seidlova, post-doctoral researcher, Charles University, Czech Republic N/A Local integration policies towards foreigners: transatlantic comparison
March 12, 2015** Thomas Soehl, Assistant Professor, Sociology, and Centre on Population Dynamics member, McGill Claudia Masferrer Intergenerational transmission of religion in migrant families: Evidence from France
March 26, 2015* Bilkis Vissandjee, Professor, School of Nursing, Université de Montréal Lauren Maxwell Migration, Ethnicity, Culture, Sex and Gender : Intersections of Challenges for Quality and Ethical Care
April 9, 2015** Mariona Lozano Riera, Post-doctoral researcher, Centre on Population Dynamics, McGill TBD Labor-market trajectories of migrant workers in Spain: occupational mobility before and after the 2008 economic crisis

*Format: regular talk; 40 minutes of presentation by speaker, followed by 20 minutes Q&A
**Format: 20-25 minutes of presentation/summary of paper by presenter, followed by 10 minutes of feedback by discussant, then open up for 15-20 minutes of Q&A by audience. Paper will be distributed to workshop members two weeks in advance.

If you would like to participate in this workshop, email zoua.vang [at] mcgill.ca (subject: McGill%20Immigration%2C%20Race%20and%20Ethnicity%20Workshop) (Zoua Vang) to be added to the IRE listserve.