Immigration and Integration

… a core topic in Socioeconomic and Political Context and Atlas105

Topic description

This topic deals with the impact of large-scale immigration on society.

Topic learning outcome

Upon completing this topic the student will be familiar with the contours of ongoing debates surrounding immigration policy, and will be able to understand and critically analyze arguments about the different types of impact large-scale immigration can have on a society.

Core concepts associated with this topic
Social Integration Multiculturalism Welfare Chauvinism
Open access readings for 8 hours of preparation

The Atlas pages for the concept entries noted above.


Recommended readings in MPP and MPA courses

Toronto PPG1005 The Social Context of Policy-Making

Donato, Katharine M. and Donna Gabaccia. 2016. The Global Feminization of Migration: Past, Present, and Future. Washington D.C.: Migration Policy Institute.

Sweetman, Arthur and Garnett Picot (2012). “Making It in Canada: Immigration Outcomes and Policies” IRPP Study No. 29, pp. 1-42.

Oreopoulos, Philip “Why Do Skilled Immigrants Struggle in the Labour Market? A Field Experiment with Sixty Thousand Resumes.”

Castles, S. 2004. Factors that make and unmake migration policy. International Migration Review 38(3): 852-884.

Reitz, Jeffrey G. Reitz. 2011. “Pro-immigration Canada: Social and Economic Roots of Popular Views.” IRPP Study, no. 20. Montreal: Institute for Research on Public Policy.

Joppke, Christian. 2012. The Role of the State in Cultural Integration: Trends, Challenges and Ways Ahead. Migration Policy Institute.

Warman, Casey, Arthur Sweetman and Gustave Goldmann. 2015. “The Portability of New Immigrants’ Human Capital: Language, Education, and Occupational Skills” Canadian Public Policy 41 (S1): pp. 64-79.

Kymlicka, Will. 2012. Multiculturalism: Success, Failure, and the Future, Migration Policy Institute.

Block, Sheila and Grace-Edward Galabuzi. 2011. Canada’s Colour Coded Labour Market: The Gap for Racialized Workers. Ottawa, ON: Canadian Center for Policy Alternatives.

Boyd, Monica and Michael Vickers. 2000. “100 Years of Immigration in Canada.” Canadian Social Trends Autumn: 2-10.

Zuberi, Dan (2006) Chapter 1: Introduction. Differences that Matter: Social Policy in the Working Poor in the United States and Canada. Ithaca: Cornell University Press.

Wilson, R., Landolt, P, Shakya, Y., Galabuzi, G., Zahoorunissa, Z, Pham, D., Cabrera, F. & Joly, M. (2011) Working rough, living poor: Employment and income insecurities faced by racialized groups and their impact on health. Toronto, ON: Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services:

Exposed Photovoice Book:

Arthur Sweetman and Abdurrahman (2007) “First and Second Generation Immigrant Educational Attainment and Labor Market Outcomes: A Comparison of the United States and Canada” Research in Labor Economics, 27, 215-70.

Picot, Garnett. (2008) “Immigrant Economic and Social Outcomes in Canada: Research and Data Development”. Analytical Studies Branch Research Paper Series #319, Statistics Canada, Ottawa.

Frenette, Marc and Rene Morissette. (2003) “Will they ever converge: Earnings of immigrant and Canadian-born workers over two decades.” Analytical Studies Branch Research Paper Series, Statistics Canada, Ottawa.

Alan Gomez. 2015. Report: More than half of immigrants on welfare. USA Today.

Laura Reston, 2015. Immigrants Don’t Drain Welfare. They Fund It. New Republic.

Bloemraad, Irene, Anna Korteweg, and Gökçe Yurdakul. 2008. “Citizenship and immigration: Multiculturalism, assimilation, and challenges to the nation-state.” Annual Review of Sociology 34: 153-79.

Concept comprehension questions

AQ105.04.01. Among statements a-d pertaining to the term XXX choose one that is invalid or choose e if all are reasonably valid.





e. All of a-d are reasonably valid statements.

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