I keep seeing new reports and research coming out, as well as platitudes from business leaders about how we don’t harness newcomer talent enough in our labour market, and that we really need to especially given lower immigration numbers during COVID and our existing and coming economic economic crisis and if this sounds like a run-on sentence it is because I’m, like you I’m sure, so sick of hearing the same old same old about labour market barriers to full participation for newcomers and it’s just so blah, blah, blah without action.
This afternoon I participated in a World Education Services (WES)-sponsored Twitter chat, with the hashtag #ImmigrantsThrive. I thought I’d share my answers to their questions, along with some resources others shared that I found interesting and useful.
If you’re not familiar with the term microwork, you’re not alone. You’re likely familiar with the notion of the gig economy. Think of microwork as the hidden, service-based, and most precarious work of the gig economy.
From his life experiences, Dhairya Dand has distilled some lessons about disruption. I think he offers the ingredients for a positive disruption and innovation mindset.
I think we can learn from his approach in the immigrant and refugee-serving sector.
I’m excited. Are you excited? If you’re interested in staying up to date about the latest research about newcomers, you should be. I recently discovered that IRCC has an email list where you can get up to date research information directly from the IRCC Knowledge Management – Research and Evaluation department. Apparently this list has Read more about IRCC’s Research at a Glance – OMG, OMG, you have to subscribe[…]
If you’ve been in the sector, you’ve heard stats thrown around about how only about 40% of newcomers actually access settlement services. I’ve compiled a summary of some research where those numbers come up. You can download a bunch of reports with more detailed information. This isn’t meant to be the definitive list, just useful reports I’ve found on the topic.
These appeared in my YouTube subscriptions, I hadn’t heard about them previously. They appear to be part of OCASI’s project: Initiative to End Gender-Based Violence in Immigrant and Refugee Communities. The recordings look interesting, and worth a dive in. You can treat them like a mini course. Maybe watch them together for a lunch and Read more about Ending gender-based violence – a series of webinar recordings[…]
One thing that I’m learning about the future, from futurists, is that it’s not something we can predict. But it’s something we can work toward. Learn more from Amy Webb and the Future Today Institute.
On March 14th, the Centre of Excellence for Research on Immigration and Settlement (CERIS) hosted a public event with a panel to take stock of our progress in the immigrant and refugee-serving sector.
Welcome to the second edition of WTF (What’s the Future) of Settlement Work, where we explore all the connections!