The authors are grateful to the multilingual interview team for their fine work, to several immigrant service-providing organizations across Alberta for invaluable assistance, and to the Population Research Laboratory and to Chuck Humphrey of the Data Library at the University of Alberta for data collection and data management assistance, respectively. Marlene Mulder, Lori Wilkinson, and other Prairie Centre staff all made important contributions to the study. We thank Citizenship and Immigration Canada for funding the research and for responding to our many requests for information and, in particular, Craig Dougherty, for providing very useful background documents. The support of the Prairie Centre of Excellence for Research on Immigration and Integration by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the federal departments in the Metropolis project is gratefully acknowledged. Finally, we truly appreciate the contributions of the 525 refugees who gave so freely of their time to make this study possible.
The Retention of Newcomers in Second- and Third- Tier Canadian Cities1
Article first published online: 6 OCT 2006
International Migration Review
Volume 39, Issue 4, pages 872–894, December 2005
How to Cite
Krahn, H., Derwing, T. M. and Abu-Laban, B. (2005), The Retention of Newcomers in Second- and Third- Tier Canadian Cities. International Migration Review, 39: 872–894. doi: 10.1111/j.1747-7379.2005.tb00292.x
- Issue published online: 6 OCT 2006
- Article first published online: 6 OCT 2006
The federal government of Canada and several provincial governments are anxious to promote a more balanced distribution of immigrants across the country. Currently, 89 percent of all newcomers settle in large cities, 75 percent in Toronto, Vancouver, and Montreal alone. This study examines the internal migration of refugees destined to second-and third-tier cities in Alberta. Their decisions to stay in or leave these communities have significant policy implications. The economic vitality of urban centers, the existence of compatriot communities, and the recognition of immigrant skills and educational credentials all contribute to the retention of newcomers in second- and third-tier cities.