ARCHIVED – Portrait of an Integration Process

Introduction

While public interest in immigrant integration has encouraged increased research that looks at a wide range of immigrant outcomes, there exists a need for information on immigrant integration, particularly the timing of stages in the settlement and integration process, the factors affecting integration outcomes and the services used or needed by immigrants to facilitate the process. With the completion of the LSIC, it will be possible to create a portrait of the integration process during the first four years after arrival.

This study examines the progressive process of the LSIC immigrants during the initial settlement and integrating period, with a focus on the barriers new immigrants experienced and resources they relied on in the first 4 years in Canada. Four key areas of settlement and integration are explored including: finding employment, getting education, accessing health care and finding housing. The paper tries to identify core integration barriers and possible sources of assistance for these hurdles. Challenges to assimilation process are also examined in terms of unmet needs in the key integration tasks over time. The paper draws on the advantages of the LSIC, by examining the dynamics of the integration process. Special attention is given to the progressive nature of the initial 4 years for immigrants.

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