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Research projects

New Politics of Immigration

We study the changing political contests about immigration in Quebec, Canada and elswehere, while also exploring the evolution of state responses to international migration.


Recent publications

Mireille Paquet. 2020. “Immigration, Bureaucracies and Policy Formulation: The Case of Quebec.” International Migration 58 (1): 166-181.

Mireille Paquet and Catherine Xhardez. 2020.  “Immigrant integration policies when regions decide ‘who comes in’: the case of Canadian provinces.” Regional Studies (2020): 1-16.

Catherine Xhardez and Mireille Paquet. 2020.  “Beyond the Usual Suspects and Towards Politicisation: Immigration in Quebec’s Party Manifestos, 1991–2018.” Journal of international migration and integration (2020): 1-18.

Mireille Paquet. 2020. « La « sélection efficace » des immigrants : paradigme de la mobilité et légitimité de l’État québécois.» Diversité urbaine 20 (1):

Mireille Paquet. 2019. “Subnational Migration States and the New Politics of Immigration.” International Migration10.1111/imig.12649

Mireille Paquet. 2019. “Immigration Policy Formulation and Bureaucrats: The Case of Quebec.” International Migration

Mireille Paquet and Lindsay Larios. 2018.  “Venue Shopping and Legitimacy: Making sense of Harper’s Immigration Record.” Canadian Journal of Political Science, 51 (4), 817-836. 

Border Crossing and Federalism

In collaboration with Robert Schertzer, we explore how recent irregular border crossings between the United States and Canada are managed through intergovernmental relations. This research is developed in collaboration with the Institute for Research on Public Policy.


Recent publications:
Mireille Paquet and Robert Schertzer. 2020. Irregular Border Crossings and Asylum Seekers in Canada: A Complex Intergovernmental Problem. IRPP Study 80. Montreal: Institute for Research on Public Policy. 
Robert Schertzer and Mireille Paquet. 2020.  “COVID-19 as a Complex Intergovernmental Problem.” Canadian Journal of Political Science 53 (2): 343-347. 

Sanctuary Cities in Canada

In collaboration with Meghan Joy, Graham Hudson, Idil Atak and John Shield, we research the development of sanctuary policies in Canadian cities. This research is funded by the Partnership Building Migrant Resilience in Cities (BMRC-IRMU). The project hosts a website with ressource on the topic: 


Recent publications
Mireille Paquet, Gabrielle Dickins, Catherine Bruneau, Idil Atak and Graham Hudson. 2019. «Mandat d’étude comparative : Villes "sanctuaires" au Canada ». Report for the City of Montreal. 
Mireille Paquet. 2017.  «Aux États-Unis, des villes sanctuaires.» Plein droit 115 (december): 11-14.

Équipe de recherche sur l'immigration au Québec et ailleurs (ÉRIQA)

With collaborators from six other universities, we research recent debates surrounding immigration in Quebec and in other parts of the world. L'équipe de recherche sur l'immigration au Québec et ailleurs is funded by the FRQSC. Learn more here: 


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