Research Focus

Immigrants are critical to sustain Canada’s economic growth by mitigating labor shortages associated to population aging and low birth rate. In the global war for talent, organizations able to leverage multiple sources of talent are better positioned to succeed in a global economic environment. Despite the critical role immigrants play in Canada’s economic growth and organizational success, low levels of labor market integration of immigrants persist.

CRIW’s Immigrant Participation at Work research stream looks at individual, organizational and societal level factors supporting or hindering the integration of immigrants in the labor market. Current research projects are exploring the following research questions:  What organizational practices support immigrant inclusion and belonging in the workplace? What is the role of professional employment support in facilitating immigrant career success? What is the role of various types of social networks in facilitating social and work adjustment? What are the barriers and strategies to facilitate youth immigrant access to quality employment? How do immigrants portray their migration experiences in public narratives? How can technology facilitate immigrant integration?

By contributing to knowledge about immigrant participation at work, CRIW aims to drive change towards higher labour market participation of immigrants in Canada.

Research stream leadership

head shot of Luciara “Society as a whole is at a disadvantage when immigrant talent is underutilized. I am working on research to help eliminate barriers to immigrant integration and increase inclusion in Canadian workplaces.”

Dr. Luciara Nardon, Co-Director, CRIW and Associate Professor of International Business, Sprott School of Business

Research projects

2020 Project Title Project Lead (PI)
Factors Facilitating Work Integration of Immigrants in Canada Dr. Daniel Gulanowski
2019 Project Title Project Lead (PI)
An Analysis of the Career and Employment Development Experiences of Canadian Immigrant Youth Dr. Aliya Kuzhabekova
Understanding Resourcing Concerns of Women Immigrant Entrepreneurs Dr. Diane Isabelle
‘Negotiating Canada’s Immigration and Labour Market Landscape: The Case of Nigerian Women Economic Migrants in Ontario’ (abstract) Dr. Megan Gaucher
2015 Project Title Project Lead (PI)
‘Migrant Women, Work and the Contradictory Geographies of Volunteering: New Research Directions to Understand Integration, Participation and Citizenship Formation in Canada’ Dr. Luisa Veronis

Contact

If you are interested in knowing more about CRIW’s research activities or getting involved, please contact us at criw@carleton.ca.

Research Library

Improving Immigrant Inclusion in the Workplace


Authors:
Luciara Nardon, Aliya Kuzhabekova, Hui Zhang
Publication type: Report
Status: Published
Date: 2019

Full Report

Becoming Canadian: Immigrant Narratives of Professional Attainment


Authors:
Ursula E. Moffitt, Luciara Nardon, Hui Zhang
Publication type: Article
Keywords: Inclusion, National identity, Identity work, Markers of inclusion, Immigrants, Master narratives
Status: Published
Date: 2019

Academic Abstract / Research Highlights