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The Transformation of the Quebec Model: A First Portrait of the Impacts

This project has two objectives:

  1. to analyze Quebec’s new approach to immigration and integration; and
  2. to evaluate the impact of the new directions on stakeholders, especially service provider organizations and public institutions.

This research is funded by Pathways to Prosperity Partnership (P2P).

The public administration of immigration in Quebec

This project examines the ways in which public servants craft and influence immigration policies in Quebec

  1. to generate empirical knowledge on public servants’ work;
  2. to explore the link between immigration studies and public administration scholarship; and
  3. to test methodological approaches for the study of immigration-related public administrations.

This research is funded by Concordia’s Office of the Vice President, Research and Graduate Studies (OVPRGS).


Bureaucrats and the development of immigration and integration policies in Canada

This project explores the role of federal public servants in the implementation of recent changes to federal immigration policies in Canada. Two policy areas are considered: 1) immigrant selection policies and 2) naturalization policies.


In collaboration with Elke Winter (University of Ottawa), the project also aims to evaluate new methodologies for the study of immigration policies.


This research is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada

Municipal immigration offices in Canada: Comparing Montreal and Toronto

For several years, American cities established municipal offices responsible for services to newcomers. In 2015, Montreal has announced the creation of such a structure and the City of Toronto has also set up an office of this kind in recent years. This research compares the experience of these two cities when it comes to the process of establishing the immigration offices and the reaction of local stakeholders about this policy change, to then contrast the Canadian experience and the American experience.


This project is conducted in collaboration with Els Graauw (Baruch College, CUNY)

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One Year Later: Experiences of Syrian Refugee Reception in Quebec and Canada

One year after their arrival, this CIPE day of study provides a review on the Syrian refugee initiative in Quebec and in the rest of Canada. The goal of this event is to gather researchers and community workers from different regions of the country to engage in a discussion around various research projects on the Quebec and Canadian experiences of refugee reception and settlement since 2015. The full-day program seeks to link the research results of scholars with the on-the-ground realities of community workers who work with Syrian refugees every day. 

List of Speakers:

  • Lida Aghasi (Centre social d’aide aux immigrants, Montreal)
  • Chedly Belkhodja (School of Community and Public Affairs, Concordia University)
  • Marie-Jeanne Blain (INRS-Centre Urbanisation Culture Société)
  • Alexandra Charette (INRS-Centre Urbanisation Culture Société)
  • Nel Ewane (Service de la culture, des loisirs, du sport et du développement social, Ville de Laval)
  • Emmanuelle Khoury (École de travail social, Université de Montréal)
  • Mireille Paquet (CIPE, Department of Political Science, Concordia University)
  • Lourdes Rodriguez Del Barrio (École de travail social, Université de Montréal)
  • Damaris Rose (INRS-Centre Urbanisation Culture Société)
  • Bintou Sacko (Accueil francophone, Winnipeg)
  • Sylvain Thibault (Table de concertation des organismes au service des personnes réfugiées et immigrantes)
  • Luisa Veronis (Department of Geography, Environment and Geomatics, University of Ottawa)

Presentations of the Day of Study :

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