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Jennifer Elrick ©Sasha Onyshchenko

Canadian Immigration Policy: Past, Present & Future

Thursday, 13 June, 2024, 7 p.m.

Canada's immigration policy is widely regarded as a role model for successful migration management. In this talk, Jennifer Elrick argues that the policy features that generate widespread admiration have been undergoing substantial changes over the past two decades, which might jeopardize the policy's success in the future. 

Photo: Jennifer Elrick ©Sasha Onyshchenko

Jennifer Elrick ©Sasha Onyshchenko

Jennifer Elrick holds the Chair in Multiculturalism and is Associate Professor of Sociology at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. She received her PhD in Sociology from the University of Toronto in 2017. Her work focuses on the relationship between immigration policy and social stratification, that is, how immigration policies affect the symbolic and material integration of different social groups, like women and minorities. Her current project, funded by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), examines public perceptions of different legal categories of immigrants and refugees in Canada. Her first book, Making Middle-Class Multiculturalism: Immigration Bureaucrats and Policymaking in Postwar Canada, was published by University of Toronto Press in late 2021. Her research has also been published in Ethnic and Racial Studies, International Migration, International Migration Review, the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, the Journal of International Migration and Integration, Sociological Forum and Sociology.

David Ehinger ©private

David Ehinger is a retired Canadian diplomat now living in Munich. He holds degrees in History, Law and International Relations from his studies in Canada, the USA and the UK. In his Ottawa assignments, he spent the majority of his time in the Legal Bureau of Canada’s foreign ministry, now known as Global Affairs Canada. He served abroad in Geneva, Washington and Madrid in addition to spending nine years of his career at the Canadian Embassy in Berlin, first as Economic Counsellor (2003-2007) and later as Head of the Public Affairs programme (2012-2017). He is an old friend of and now a member of the DKG.

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