Immigration is a subject of public debate in Quebec. The recent revision of immigration quotas took place in an economic context marked, in particular, by a vigorous labour market in which labour scarcity has become a reality. Immigration is therefore seen as a possible solution. However, newcomers are often faced with challenges in integrating into their host country. While these difficulties can be observed in several spheres of their lives, their integration into the labour market is often indicative of the extent of the obstacles they experience.
The Association des économistes québécois - Montreal Chapter, in collaboration with the Société canadienne de science économique (SCSE) and CIRANO, organized a webinar on the integration of newcomers to the Quebec labour market.
Three speakers presented their research on this theme:
- Brahim Boudarbat, Full Professor at the School of Industrial Relations of the Université de Montréal, Director of the Observatoire de la Francophonie économique de l'Université de Montréal, Fellow of the Institute of Labor Economics (IZA), CIRANO Researcher and Fellow, presented the results of an experiment aimed at evaluating the existence of discrimination in the hiring of young North Africans on the Quebec labour market.
- Read the Project Report on the subject here.
- Daniel Parent, Full Professor in the Department of Applied Economics at HEC Montréal, CIRANO Researcher and Fellow, presented a study on the differences in salary treatment between immigrants and native-born citizens, their dynamics and determinants.
- Read the Working Paper on the subject here.
- Mireille Paquet, Holder of the Concordia University Research Chair on the Politics of Immigration and Associate Professor of Political Science at Concordia University, brought a policy perspective to the barriers experienced by immigrants in their quest for integration, including the role that public policy can play in addressing them.
Henri Thibaudin, co-founder and head of business development at Dameco, lead the discussion and question period with the panelists.
The video of the webinar is available ihere.
The event overview and speakers' presentations are available here.