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The Economics of Citizenship: A Cross-Country Analysis

This workshop will address the economics of naturalization world-wide by focusing on the following two fundamental questions: What are the individual socio-economic determinants that affect the immigrant’s decision to ascend to citizenship at various stages in their lifetime? Do immigrants economically gain in the labour market from their ascension to citizenship?

Location: Salon E

Organizers

Sergiy Pivnenko Simon Fraser University/ Research on Immigration and Integration in the Metropolis (RIIM)

John Hayfron Research on Immigration and Integration in the Metropolis (RIIM)

Participants

Sergiy Pivnenko Simon Fraser University/ Research on Immigration and Integration in the Metropolis (RIIM)

John Hayfron Research on Immigration and Integration in the Metropolis (RIIM)

Eduardo Azmitia
Simon Fraser University/ Research on Immigration and Integration in the Metropolis (RIIM)

Ather Akbari
Saint Mary’s University/ Atlantic Metropolis Centre

Successes and Challenges of Second Language Learners in Canada

Language is an important contributor to integration, but the success of second language learners is generally poor.  The presenters explore issues such as immigrant drop-out rates, a lack of interest in Canadian-born students for learning a second language, and immigrants’ workplace communication skills. Suggestions for instructional and policy changes are made.

Location: Oak II Room

Organizers

Tracey Derwing
University of Alberta

Participants

Tom Denton Manitoba Refugee Sponsors

Tony Tavares
Manitoba Education

Danièle Moore Simon Fraser University

Diane Dagenais
Simon Fraser University

Tracey Derwing University of Alberta

Françoise Armand
Université de Montréal

Chris Friesen Immigrant Services Society of British Columbia

Kelleen Toohey Simon Fraser University

Local Approaches to Social and Economic and Integration

Based on the experience of community organizations in Halifax, Edmonton and Vancouver, this workshop will explore and discuss effective ways in helping new immigrants to integrate socially and economically with the community.

Location: Cowichan Room

Organizers

Miu Chang Yan
University of British Columbia

 

Participants

Miu Chang Yan University of British Columbia

Nabiha Attalla
Metropolitan Immigrant Settlement Agency

Min Jung Kwak University of British Columbia

Sean Lauer University of British Columbia

Nyambura Belacourt Edmonton Multicutural Society

 

Multicultural Education and Second Language Acquisition

This workshop explores strategies for teaching Mandarin and ESL, multicultural issues in education, and immigrant perspectives on learning.  How can policy be improved by considering how stories, contemporary immigrant fiction, and the arts help to us to understand the complexities found at the crossroads of language, culture and identity?

Location: Oak I

Organizers

Marjorie Stone Dalhousie University/Atlantic Metropolis Centre

Ingrid Johnston University of Alberta

Participants

Ingrid Johnston
University of  Alberta/Prairie Centre for Excellence on Research on Immigration and Integration (PCERII)

Heather Richmond
St Thomas University/Atlantic Metropolis University

Marie Gervais
Northern Alberta Alliance on Race Relations

Gerry Mills
Halifax Immigrant Learning Centre

Shao-Pin Liu
Dalhousie University

Marjorie Stone Dalhousie University/Atlantic Metropolis Centre


Shared Citizenship and Security Imperatives

The aim of this workshop is to explore the extent to which the Canadian Government has been successful in offering a balanced national security with the protection of core Canadian values of openness, diversity, multiculturalism and respect for civil liberties.

Location: Mackenzie Room

Organizers

Angela Mione
Canadian Heritage

Vladimir Mahu
Canadian Heritage

Participants

Diane Fulford
Canadian Heritage

Kristina Namiesniowski Canadian Heritage

Wayne Hanniman Royal Canadian Mounted Police

 

Nicole Crutcher
Department of Justice

Scot Wortley University of Toronto

Zool Suleman
Immigration Lawyer and Community Advocate