Why do research on immigrant youth?
Immigrant youth are one of the most vulnerable groups in the process of immigration and settlement.
Social integration issues, discrimination, educational barriers, and unemployment are some of the challenges faced by immigrant youth . The IWYS youth research team is committed to advancing useful research that can help us better respond to immigrant youth’s needs.
Transportation costs and lack of adequate public transportation services affect newcomer youth’s basic educational needs ( Xuemei et al. 2017, Welcome to “the Rock”).
Many immigrant youth are forced to work “underground” while their immigration applications are being processed (Lauer et al.2012, Lessons Learned from the Analysis of LSIC and 82 Lived Stories ).
Immigrant girls play an important role as cultural interpreters, translators, shapers, and transmitters of transnational cultural knowledge and identities to younger siblings ( Lee et al. 2011, Immigrant girls as caregivers to younger siblings: a transnational feminist analysis).
The Youth Research Team
Professor; PhD (Political Science): British Columbia
Dr. Shields is a tenured Full Professor with over twenty five years of university teaching and research experience in the areas of public administration and public policy, Canadian politics, the political economy of labour market and welfare state restructuring, immigrant settlement and integration policy and practices, and nonprofit sector studies.
In addition to a PhD in Policy Studies from Ryerson University, Dr. Luján holds an MA in History from Queen’s University, a BEd (cum laude) from the University of Ottawa, and a BA in History and Iberoamerican Studies from the University of Toronto.
The youth team is currently finalizing a three-month literature review and is preparing for the analysis of the literature.
With over 32,000 job seekers served at its five locations across the Greater Toronto Area, ACCES Employment is recognized as a leading not-for-profit for helping newcomers, often highly skilled and educated, find work in the Canada. ACCES Employment has a number of youth programs that provide job search support, networking opportunities, specific training and connections to employers that are hiring. Read more