Projects in Progress

We are pleased to embark on two research projects with similar objectives but slightly different scopes. "Employer Perceptions to Hiring Newcomers and International Students in the Atlantic Provinces" has been funded by the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency to consult with employers to understand their perspectives on hiring immigrants. "Employer Perceptions to Hiring Newcomers and International Students in Newfoundland and Labrador" has been funded by Newfoundland and Labrador's Workforce Innovation Centre with a similar purpose  but will be focused on employers in Newfoundland and Labrador, and will include a longitudinal study (2019-2021) to understand how conditions are changing over time.


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. 


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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