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Colloquium: “The Roles of Countries of Origin in Immigrant Integration”

March 23, 2015 at 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM

Location:2017 Dunton Tower
Key Contact:Dara Marcus
Contact Phone:(613) 520-2600 ext.3117

The Canada-Europe Transatlantic Dialogue and Metropolis are pleased to present a colloquium on “The Role of Countries of Origin in Immigrant Integration.”

In the West, most academic work on immigrant integration emphasizes the roles and responsibilities of countries of destination in supporting the adjustments that immigrants and their families make in becoming members of another society.  The underlying assumption here, that the migrants’ societies of origin play little, if any, role is, however, outdated, having been overtaken by the attitudes and technologies associated with contemporary globalization.

This panel will provide insights into the role that countries and communities of origin play in the immigrant integration processes in countries of destination.  The panelists will present the results of current studies of the integration of third-country nationals considered as a three-way process involving immigrants, countries of emigration, and countries of immigration.  The presentations will show how governments and non-governmental institutions in countries of origin make transnational bonds a reality, and how these bonds influence the integration process.  These homeland actors have developed tools that operate:

  • economically, to boost financial transfers and investments;
  • culturally, to maintain or revive cultural heritage;
  • politically, to expand the homeland constituency; and
  • legally, to support emigrants’ rights.

Speaking on these themes will be:

Dr. Alexandra Delano, Fulbright Visiting Scholar at Carleton University, The New School University, New York

Dr. Agnieszka Weinar, Marie Curie Fellow at Carleton University, European University Institute, Florence

CETD receives support from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.