Multicultural receiving countries usually assist in the integration of immigrants and refugees by removing most barriers to their participation in their new homeland, often leading to positive outcomes and a stronger sense of belonging in the long run. For example, the children of immigrants have better educational outcomes in Canada than in any other Western society with many outperforming the children of non-immigrant parents. However, some migrants face additional challenges shaped by systemic inequities, particularly with regard to their lack of access to resources and decision-making processes that inevitably have a negative impact on their lives. As a result, this population is more vulnerable to poor educational, health, and social processes.
Our 2018 Strangers in New Homelands conference will focus on improving outcomes for vulnerable migrant populations in Canada, United States, Europe, and other receiving societies where they face additional integration barriers. Specifically, presentations and workshops will examine how being a migrants interacts with potential oppressions and markers of identity such as race, gender, sexual orientation, immigration status, age, religion, language, and socioeconomic status.