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Putting Family First

Migration and Integration in Canada

When migrants reach their new home, we often interpret their settlement and integration as an individual process driven largely by the labour market. But family plays a crucial role. Putting Family First investigates the experience of immigrant families settling in Greater Toronto, from newcomers’ initial reception to their deep involvement in and attachment to their receiving society. Contributors explore such themes as the policy environment, children and youth, gender, labour markets and work, and community supports in order to illustrate how the family context can be mobilized to facilitate the successful integration of newcomers.

352 pages

Table of Contents

Foreword / Olivia Chow


Introduction / Harald Bauder, Mehrunnisa Ahmad Ali, and John Shields

Part 1: The Myth of the Self-Sufficient Immigrant

1 Immigrants Are Family Members, Too / Beth Martin

2 Neoliberalism and the Framing of Contemporary Canadian Immigration Policy / Jesse Root, John Shields, and Erika Gates-Gasse

3 Community Support for Immigrants and Their Families / Shuguang Wang and Skylar Maharaj

4 A Systems Approach to Immigrant Families and the Labour Market / Diane Dyson, Ezekiel Roos-Walker, and Charity-Ann Hannan

5 Looking beyond Class, Culture, Race, and Ability in Family Safety / Karline Wilson-Mitchell and Andrea Robertson

Part 2: The Family Advantage

6 The Five W’s of Migration and Settlement Decision Making / Sepali Guruge, Mia Hershkowitz, and Corinne Hart

7 How Families Shape Settlement Trajectories / Mehrunnisa Ahmad Ali, Marc Yvan Valade, and Tania Dargy

8 Immigrant Women’s Roles in Family Settlement / Mehrunnisa Ahmad Ali and Assel Baitubayeva

9 Children, Youths, and Resilience / Henry Parada, Ana Leticia Ibarra, Erin Mulvale, and Fabiola Limón Bravo

10 Social Capital, Newcomer Youth, and Family Resilience / Marc Yvan Valade and Vappu Tyyskä

11 The Economic and Labour Market Dynamics of Family Settlement / John Shields and Omar Lujan

12 Settling on Services / John Shields, Maria Gintova, Sepali Guruge, Reena Tandon, and Mia Hershkowitz

13 The Family Advantage / Marc Yvan Valade and Karline Wilson-Mitchell

Conclusion and Policy Recommendations / Harald Bauder

Appendix: Methods / Marc Yvan Valade and Maria Gintova


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