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Report from the Immigration and Settlement Workshop, Holiday Inn, St. Johnís, March 25, 2008

Lead Researcher and Department
Michael Clair, Associate Director of Public Policy, The Harris Centre of Regional Policy and Development

Funding Resources
Citizenship and Immigration Canada, Newfoundland and Labrador Office

The Immigration and Settlement Workshop provided an opportunity for decision makers, practitioners and academic researchers to discuss the current state of knowledge about immigration issues and to identify key research questions relevant to immigration in Newfoundland and Labrador. It provided the opportunity for discussions on various topics including: current trends in attracting, integrating and retaining immigrants; the knowledge gaps experienced by Provincial, Federal and non-governmental stakeholders; and opportunities for collaboration between governments, non-governmental organizations, immigrants and university researchers.

Four key issues were identified: (1) a lack of understanding of the issues surrounding immigration and the need for, and accessibility of, research on immigration; (2) the challenge of skills shortages and employment; (3) recruiting and retaining international students; and (4) the retention of immigrants in general. A number of potential areas for future research were noted, including attraction and retention, labour market issues, welcoming communities and social capital.


Immigration, Settlement, Retention, Labour market, Social capital

Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
St. John's

Industry Sectors
Social advocacy organizations (Other services (except Public administration) — Religious, grant-making, civic, and professional and similar organizations)

Thematic Categories
Community Development
Labour Market (Labour and Employment)
Rural Development

Harris Centre (STJ)