Projects in Progress

Joint with Professor Mike Veall at McMaster, Dr. Fang has recently received a SSHRC partnership grant in the amount of $2.5 million for their project "Productivity, Firms and Income". The emphasis of Tony's sub-project is on the attraction and retention of highly skilled immigrants and international students, which is amendable by governance and public policy at federal, provincial, and municipal levels and will contribute to our understanding of Community, Regional and Enterprise Development. Such research will help Newfoundland and Labrador to meet looming demographic challenges, and alleviate labour and skill shortages, and in turn, enhance workplace productivity and organization. This would be a key driver for the long-term economic growth and social development in the province. The inflow of skilled immigrants and international students will also enrich the already vibrant and unique traditions in Newfoundland and Labrador. 


We are pleased to announce we are working on two projects focused on the retention of refugees in Newfoundland and Labrador. Refugees make valuable social and economic contributions to their communities of settlement and with this study we seek to expand our understanding of the settlement experiences of refugees in Newfoundland and Labrador.

 “Syrian Refugee Arrival, Resettlement and Integration in Newfoundland and Labrador,” has been approved for funding by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and will focus on the experiences of newly arrived Syrian refugees in this province. The project will examine factors influencing Syrian refugees’ intention to stay or leave the province, review existing successful practices in refugee retention and integration in Canada and internationally, and identify measures to increase refugee retention rate in the province in the hopes of determining practices that will lead to greater attraction and retention of refugee families in this province.

 "Retention and Integration of Refugees in Newfoundland and Labrador" has been approved for funding by the Leslie Harris Centre of Regional Policy and Development, and will be a broader study examining the experiences of both current and former refugees. The main objective of the study will be to compare integration experiences of refugees who arrived both before and after the economic crisis hit Newfoundland and Labrador. This will help identify potential challenges to refugee integration in the province going forward.



Our team has been successful in receiving two projects as part of The Leslie Harris Centre of Regional Policy & Development’s Newfoundland and Labrador Population Project. The population project is a multi-year project exploring a broad range of issues that result from the province’s shifting demographics, and we are excited to be involved in this first phase. One of these projects, "The Temporary Foreign Worker Program in Labrador" has been successfully completed and the full report is available here.

1. “Public Service Delivery in Labrador.”With its sparse, decentralized population, public service delivery has been a challenge for service providers in Labrador. The objective of this project will be to explore best practices that would contribute to providing improved service delivery in this region. Specifically, Halina Sapeha and Kerri Neil will develop a service delivery strategy framework, in consultation with service providers, to create a strategy that is useful and effective at serving the local population.


With Grant Schellenberg and Feng Hou, Statistics Canada, we are working on a project entitled "Strength in Adversity: Disasters and Emergencies, Neighbourhood Ties and Community Belonging." The project explores the factors that contribute to the strength of community belonging within local areas.


As part of SSHRC's partnership grant, "Pathways to Prosperity" we are working on the study, "Warmth of Welcome: Australian, Canadian, and the US Immigration Systems Compared." This project compares and contrasts the effectiveness of immigrant selection and integration policies in Australia, Canada, and the US.




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