The Centre for Research on Migration and Ethnic Relations has been involved in the London and Middlesex Local Immigration Partnership (LMLIP) since its inception, and is the official research arm of the LMLIP. The London and Middlesex Local Immigration Partnership is a collaborative community initiative designed to strengthen the role of the community in integrating immigrants, funded by Citizenship and Immigration Canada. The MER Centre Director, Victoria Esses, sits on the Central Council of the LMLIP, and faculty and graduate student members of MER are well-represented on the six LMLIP subcouncils. We have participated in all of the LMLIP outreach activities and events, and the role of the MER Centre in the LMLIP has been officially recognized at public LMLIP events.
The Journeys of Migration series, initiated in 2013 and presented during International Week at Western, was developed by the MER Centre, and is now a joint series with the London and Middlesex Local Immigration Partnership. The series features presentations from immigrants to the London community about their experiences, and this year it attracted over 70 participants from across the Western campus and London community. Videos of the presentations are included as part of the Immigrant Experiences in Canada Series.