Employment Supports for Newcomers in Small and Middle-sized Communities and Rural Areas: Perspectives of Newcomers and Service Providers

Bharati Sethi, Robert Gebotys

Abstract


In recent years there has been an increased migration of highly skilled and educated cohort of men and women from their initial port of entry—large urban centers such as Toronto, Vancouver, and Montreal—to smaller urban/rural communities as a result of regionalization of the Canadian immigration policies. This article examines the employment supports for newcomers in Grand Erie—an urban/rural area in Ontario—which is now a home to an unprecedented number of newcomers. Using a community-based participatory research methodology, data were gathered from 212 newcomers and 237 service providers through quantitative and qualitative responses in the survey questionnaires. Results show that newcomers faced many challenges including non-recognition of foreign credentials, unemployment, language barriers, and discrimination. Collaboration between newcomers, service providers, social workers, and government is vital to foster newcomer integration in this region as well as in other smaller communities.

 


Keywords


community-based, employment, immigrants, rural, visible minorities

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