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Changes in selection policy and refugee welfare use in Canada

An article by Dr. Lisa Kaida, PhD Candidate Max Stick, and Dr. Feng Hou of Western University has been published in International Migration.

Nov 22, 2021

Dr. Kaida’s most recent research, funded by a SSHRC Insight Grant, has been published in International Migration. In this study, Kaida, Max Stick (PhD Candidate, McMaster), and Feng Hou (Western University) examine the impact of the 2002 Immigration and Refugee Protection Act on Government-Assisted Refugees’ long-term social assistance rates. The Act shifted refugee admission criteria from economic adaptability to their need for protection.

From the paper: “Our analysis of the IMDB (Longitudinal Immigration Database] shows GARs (Government-Assisted Refugees) admitted after the policy change receive Social Assistance incomes for a longer period (3–8 years) and at higher rates than GARs arriving before the change. The former’s labour market characteristics, especially their lower employment rates, largely explain the difference in SA receipt.”

View the article here.