Why do research on immigrant women?
Immigrant women are one of the most vulnerable groups in the process of immigration and settlement. Yet they play a key role in the success of other members of immigrant families.
Research has demonstrated that immigrant women face specific challenges and stigma that represent additional barriers in their process of integration in Canada. The IWYS women’s research team is committed to advancing useful research that can help us better respond to immigrant women’s needs.
Migration in many instances appears to disrupt women’s relationships with their immediate families, and this, in turn, has an effect on postpartum rituals (Morrow et al. 2008 W postpartum depression).
A focus on the explicitly economic contributions of immigrants ignores their unpaid contributions in the form of child care and other forms of care work that are required to support immigrant integration and success (Wong et al. 2016 W family reunification).
Lack of Opportunities
Child care and other family responsibilities leave immigrant women small windows of opportunity for learning English, and even these small windows are shut when families oppose their learning (Alui 2010 W language acquisition).
The Women's Research Team
Associate Professor; PhD: University of Washington
Rupaleem Bhuyan is an Associate Professor in the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto.
Catherine Schmidt is a Research Assistant for the women’s team of the IWYS project.
The women’s team is currently finalizing a three-month literature review and is preparing for the analysis of the literature.