International Metropolis Conference – The Hague
Workshop 3.5 – Public Policy and Economic Integration of Immigrants and Racialized Minorities: International Perspective through the prism of global justice and social cohesion

20 september 2017. 14.00 -15.30 – room: Amazon

Marie-Thérèse Chicha - School of Industrial Relations and Holder of the Chair on Ethnic relations - University of Montreal


Karine Bellemare - Chair on Ethnic relations - University of Montreal
Marie-Thérèse Chicha - School of Industrial Relations and Chair on Ethnic relations - University of Montreal

Health professional female immigrants facing new forms of discrimination

Studies on the integration of highly skilled immigrants have highlighted barriers of various kinds, which prevented many of them from having their skills and qualifications from being fully recognized. In parallel with this type of analysis, new approaches based on disciplines such as social psychology or discourse analysis have been developed. This presentation identify and explain the role of new forms of discrimination in the integration of immigrant women working in the health field. These new forms, some known as micro-aggressions or subtle / modern racism, are manifested in relations with clients, colleagues, superiors, and with professors and mentors. They are often difficult to detect because they take a subtle form but are nevertheless harmful to the immigrant women facing them. The results of our field study, conducted through semi-structured interviews with 12 immigrant health professionals in Montreal, enabled us to highlight and understand the complex situation of discrimination in the workplace that manifests itself at various stages and which may negatively affect their well-being.

Umut Riza Ozkan - School of Industrial Relations- University of Montreal

Foreign Qualification Recognition Regimes for Internationally-Trained Professionals: The Case of Pharmacists

My presentation suggests an institutional perspective that focuses on the nature of foreign qualification recognition (FQR) processes and their impact on internationally trained workers' access to employment in 11 immigrant-receiving countries - France, Germany, Netherlands, Austria, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand. It puts forward four FQR regimes - "readily accessible" regime, "segmented" regime, "moderately restrictive" regime, and "highly restrictive" regime by analyzing professional regulations and immigrant selection systems. Thepresentation focuses on FQR regimes for pharmacists since professional regulations are not uniform across all professions and jurisdictions; therefore, it would be more suitable to clarify country clusters for each profession. This regime typology, however, can also be utilized to enhance our understanding about other professions.

Laurence Matte Guilmain - Université du Québec à Montréal

Can we reverse immigrants deskilling? The case of skilled immigrant caregivers in Canada

What happens when a government program contributes to the systemic exclusion of skilled immigrants of an important part of the labor market, in the long term? What happens when the migration status imposed by a government program interacts with other axes of oppression such as race, gender and class? This study analyzes the case of skilled women from the Philippines who migrated under a temporary program which confined them to the domestic sector for a minimum of two years before moving to permanent residence in Canada. As their diplomas are not recognized, what happens to their professional integration, after two years, following the obtaining of a permanent status in the country? Is it possible to get out of this precarious work situation ? This research focuses on the professional reskilling of these migrants as a strategy of empowerment. The results show that in the long term, a local diploma can improve a professional situation, but this is not a guarantee. Obstacles such as isolation as well as the impossibility for these women to build financial and social capital persist and affect all those who have migrated under the program. 

Myrlande Pierre

Integration of ethnocultural and racialized minorities in the workplace: the blind spot of Equal Employment Opportunity Programs.

Racialized minorities are still particularly underrepresented in the senior ranks of the public service, even though demographic trends indicate a significant increase in the number and weight of this group in the Canadian and Quebec population. Even though, the literature on this issue remains scarce, the low representation of members of ethnocultural and racialized minorities in the senior public service has been criticized repeatedly. On this point, the Canadian Human Rights Commission stated: “unless there is an effective and sustained effort, visible minorities will continue to face serious barriers in their public service careers” (CHRC, 2000). The term glass ceiling is often used to explain why women and racialized minorities are confined to lower-level positions.

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La Chaire en Relations Ethniques

La Chaire en Relations Ethniques a pour mandat de développer et de dynamiser les activités de recherche dans le domaine des relations ethniques, notamment par l’élaboration de problématiques et d’approches novatrices, et par la définition d’une programmation à caractère comparatif et international. Elle contribue de plus à la diffusion et à l’échange des connaissances dans le domaine des relations ethniques, notamment par le développement de liens avec d’autres chercheurs et divers intervenants de la collectivité.

Depuis le 17 décembre 2013, Madame Marie-Thérèse Chicha a été nommée titulaire de la Chaire en relations ethniques de l’Université de Montréal, pour un mandat de quatre ans.


6 juin 2017
Article paru dans udemnouvelles
Kathleen Weil salue le travail des chercheurs au CERIUM
La ministre de l'Immigration, de la Diversité et de l'Inclusion était à l’UdeM, le 5 juin, afin d’ouvrir l'école d'été de la professeure Chicha

28 mars 2017
Analyse parue dans La Presse Plus
L’équité salariale loin d’être acquise
par Rudy Le Cours

24 mars 2017
Article paru dans Métro
Québec: les minorités visibles boudées par le conseil des ministres
par Dominique Cambron-Goulet

18 mars 2017
Éditorial paru dans Le Devoir
Des immigrants incapables d’exercer leur profession
par Robert Dutrisac

19 janvier 2017
Chronique parue dans La Presse
Cette « niaiserie » appelée égalité
par Rima Elkouri

Série d’articles parue dans La Presse DISCRIMINATION SYSTÉMIQUE
par Rima Elkouri

13 janvier 2017
Cachez ce racisme…

14 janvier 2017
Des stéréotypes dans l’angle mort
Faites le test
Nos braves participants
J’ai des préjugés (et vous aussi)

15 janvier 2017
Beaux programmes, peu de volonté
Bonne élève, mauvaise élève
Québec ne montre pas l’exemple
La discrimination vue par Dominique Anglade

16 janvier 2017
Quand on est triplement discriminée

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