CIPE Immigration Policy Research
The Centre for Immigration Policy Evaluation (CIPE) at Concordia University invites students and researchers to join its monthly immigration research workshops. Presenters showcase their finished or working projects that touche on immigration. The goal to is to network, to share knowledge, and to get constructive feedback. These interdisciplinary workshops are open to people from all backgrounds, institutions, and levels of study.
At each workshop, we offer free tea tasting and delicious snacks. Kindly confirm your presence by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The presentations for the month of October:
The Small Worlds of Multiculturalism: Tracing Gradual Institutional Change in the Canadian and Australian Federations
By Nikola Brassard-Dion (PhD candidate, University of Ottawa)
Research in comparative policy studies have recently developed a theoretical framework for analyzing previously overlooked processes of gradual institutional change. Additionally, discussions on multiculturalism policy has mainly focused on national policies, failing to take notice of how policies have simultaneously emerged and evolved in the constituent units of both federations.
Nikola Brassard-Dion's paper hopes to bring greater conceptual precision to the analytical categories of gradual institutional change theory by tracing processes of multicultural policy change in separate Canadian provinces and Australian states. He believes having a clear understanding of what a policy has become in terms of outputs and how it got there, is a necessary step for evaluating the policy's outcomes.
Accessibility of Shelter Services for Immigrant Women
By Katherine O'Leary (MA candidate, Concordia University)
In her paper, Katherine O'Leary explore the accessibility of domestic violence shelter services for immigrant women in Montreal and Toronto. This is situated within the larger context of how immigration legislature and policies translate to the local level to ensure the quality of life of vulnerable migrants. The experiences of immigrant women who are victims of domestic violence and who attempt to access social services are shaped by their positions as both women in a society that is still plagued by gender inequalities, and by their global position as vulnerable migrants in a neoliberal landscape.
O'Leary conducts a discourse analysis of three different women’s shelters’ documents, focusing on their annual reports and newsletters, to see how shelter workers frame the needs of the immigrant women they serve. She argues that there is a profound gap between the rights and services that immigrant women have on paper and the reality of their situations, seen through their attempted access of shelter services.