Established as the Research Resource Division for Refugees (RRDR) in 1985, the Centre for International Migration and Settlement Studies (CIMSS) is a Carleton University Research Centre housed in the School of Social Work.
CIMSS specializes in research and publishing on immigration and forced migration. It focuses particularly on the settlement, adaptation, and integration of immigrants and refugees into Canadian society while, at the same time, maintaining an international perspective for comparison with other countries of immigration.
In its research stream, the Centre places particular emphasis on the settlement, adaptation, and integration experience of two demographic groups: (a) special needs newcomers including, e.g., children and youth, seniors, and women refugees; and (b) immigrant professionals and tradespeople.
CIMSS also has a strong publishing stream. In addition to print publishing, the centre is increasingly involved in online publishing – Web site and database management.