Public Engagement

Memorial University of Newfoundland

Research Week 2021

From Nov. 22-26, Memorial University is hosting its fourth annual Research Week. The goal of Research Week is to celebrate and raise awareness of Memorial’s internationally renowned research expertise and encourage more multi-disciplinary collaboration among our research community. To find out what’s on the go, visit

Celebrate innovation. Connect with colleagues during Research Week 2021.

As part of celebrations, we’re highlighting some of the innovative work being led by our talented researchers and the positive impact they are making on Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada and the world. Check out these profiles and links to their stories.


Foreign workers can ease N.L.'s workforce woes, but those who've used the system see big flaws 


The panel discussion “Immigration & Employment: Barriers, Bridges, and Benefits” organized by the Future Skills Centre for the Harris Centre on Oct 13, 2021 is now online:


Upcoming Event: National Immigration Centre (NIC) Members Meeting on Immigration Regionalization - April 21, 2021

Dr. Tony Fang has been invited to present as part of the panel session "Attracting and retaining immigrants beyond the gateways" at 1 pm on April 21. Dr. Fang's presentation will address predominant questions relating to immigrant attraction and retention including "What informs the decisions immigrants make about where to settle?" and "What draws people to non-traditional locations and makes them more likely to stay long-term?".

Full Meeting Agenda: Spring 2021 Members Meeting Agenda

Background on Speakers: Speaker Biographies

“Cross Talk” on Growing NL's Population - February 4, 2021

On February 4, Dr. Fang was invited as a guest speaker on “Cross Talk”, a local radio podcast, to discuss the urgent climate of NL’s increasingly shrinking population and propose potential solutions geared at addressing these concerns. Dr. Fang indicated that improving immigration retention will be vital in resolving this ongoing crisis. He went on to explain that providing economic opportunities, family reunification and access to social networks are key in promoting immigration retention. According to Dr. Fang, NL's immigration retention rates are currently the lowest among the provinces in Canada.

Podcast: Cross Talk with Ramona Dearing: NL Population Crisis, Featuring Dr. Tony Fang

Interview with CTV News on the Social Experiences of Immigrants in NL - February 2021

“Newfoundlanders and Labradorians have a strong sense of belonging to their communities. It’s very hard to break into these tight social networks. For many newcomers, Newfoundlanders and Labradorians may be friendly but they may not be welcoming, especially for immigrants”
- Dr. Fang January 28, 2021

Article: For immigrants in N.L., 'friendly' doesn't always mean 'welcoming:' economist

Sharing Our Cultures - October 15, 2020

Dr. Fang was invited to the show. He shared his own experiences as a MUN graduate student and a professor in NL. He also shared his research findings on employers’ attitudes towards hiring newcomers
and international students, which is one of the key factors affecting their labour market performance.


VOCM Debate on Minimum Wage Rates - August 21, 2019

Hosted by VOCM, a local radio station in St. John’s on August 21, 2019, Dr. Fang participated in a debate over $15 per hour minimum wages in NL as the government is conducting a provincial wide consultation among major stakeholders of the economy, weighing on the pros and cons of higher minimum wages.