Centre for Research on Migration And Ethnic Relations
The Centre for Research on Migration and Ethnic Relations is one of the eight governing research centres that encompass the Network for Economic and Social Trends (NEST), which brings together the research centres in the Faculty of Social Science.
The Western Centre for Research on Migration and Ethnic Relations facilitates research that draws on academic knowledge to inform public policy and practice on migration and ethnic relations in Canada and internationally. The goals of the Centre are to foster interdisciplinary research among faculty and students on questions of direct relevance to migration and ethnic relations, provide training opportunities for students beyond the borders of their own discipline and Western, and forge links with policy makers, the academic community in Canada and internationally, and the community at large.
News and Announcements
The Eighth Annual Journeys of Migration Event Focuses on Islamophobia in London and Canada | November 2021
The horrific killing of the Afzaal family in London, Ontario in June of this year has reminded us about the reality of Islamophobia in Canada, and specifically in London. A Statistics Canada report released earlier this year found that the number of police-reported hate crimes in Canada increased by 37 per cent during the first year of the pandemic.
To consider how we can address Islamophobia in our community and in Canada, on Thursday, November 18, 2021, 4:00 – 6:00 PM EST, the Western Centre for Research on Migration and Ethnic Relations, in collaboration with its partners, will hold its Eighth Annual Journeys of Migration event as part of International Week.
Indigenous people in London experience more discrimination than other minorities, report finds | September 2021
Report compared discrimination toward Indigenous people, immigrants and visible minorities. Indigenous people in London and Middlesex County experience more discrimination than immigrants and visible minorities, according to a report commissioned by London & Middlesex Local Immigration Partnership (LMLIP), which is associated with the City of London. Read More
Tracking discrimination in London | September 2021
Dr. Victoria Esses joins Rebecca Zandbergen on London Morning to talk about some of the findings in the Discrimination Report with London and Middlesex Local Immigration Partnership. Esses joins London Morning to talk about some of the findings. Listen Here
50th Anniversary Podcast Episode on Ugandan Asian Refugees in Canada | June 25, 2021
We hear Shezan Muhammedi's motivation for doing a PhD on the resettlement, integration and identities of Ugandan Asian refugees in Canada. A structured question he asked was how people identify themselves. “Everyone described themselves as Canadian. Aside from the amount of time they had lived in the country, it was about Canadian values…” Listen here on Youtube
Newcomer Program Preps for Post-Pandemic Realities | May 31, 2020
New federal funding will help a Western-led program continue exploring welcoming environments for newcomers, even as Canada’s attitudes toward new immigrants will surely be tested by the economic and social uncertainty of a post-pandemic world. Read More
Analysis: Immigration to London Soars to Five-Year High – A Crucial Boost for Local Economy | March 7, 2020
Some 3,330 immigrants arrived in London last year, the highest number in the last five years and a sign, some say, that efforts to attract more newcomers to London are paying off – and will need to in the years ahead, as well, to keep the city’s economy strong. Read More
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What We Offer
- Student Testimonials
Shezan Muhammedi, PhD candidate
Research Activities and Opportunities at MER
- Immigrant Narratives
Co-produced by the MER Centre