2008-09 (inaugural year)
Lan Gien (Nursing) and Rebecca Law (Pharmacy), “Attracting and Retaining Immigrants to Newfoundland and Labrador: Voices from the Newcomers and International Students” ($15,000). Over 200 immigrants to Canada were interviewed to address two questions: (1) What are the reasons for low attraction of newcomers to NL? (2) What are the factors that motivate immigrants to leave NL? The study incorporated both qualitative methods (guided interview schedule and focus groups) and quantitative methods (structured survey questionnaires).
Anne-Marie Sullivan (Human Kinetics and Recreation), “Exploring the Meaning of 'Welcoming Communities’ for Immigrants in Newfoundland” ($6,975). This study examined the role of leisure, sport and recreation services in facilitating civic participation of newcomers in their communities. Nine communities in NL were surveyed and one was intensively studied to examine the role of agencies that provide recreation-related services to assist the settlement of newcomers, inter-cultural understanding, social inclusion and civic participation by newcomers. This study is part of an Atlantic Provinces-wide initiative.
Barbary Burnaby (Education), Joan Whelan (Education) and Jose Rivera, “Pilot Project: A 20-Year Comparison on Immigrant Retention in Newfoundland and Labrador” ($8,025). This study analyzed immigrants’ priorities and rationales for why they settle in NL, and compared these results with the rich data and analysis on retention issues among refugees in St. John's from the 1980s. It investigated directly the priorities of immigrants and refugees who have lived in NL for up to 10 years on factors which meet their requirements to make the province their permanent home. The project consisted of focus groups and ethnographic interviews of newcomers, using disciplined qualitative procedures.