Broader Economic, Social and Political Factors

This group analyzes the economic, social, political and social policy contexts, which may affect the wellbeing and development of refugee children and youth as they integrate into Canadian society.


Abdie Kazemipur

Professor and University Scholar Research Chair at University of Lethbridge


Dr. Abdie Kazemipur is currently professor of sociology and the University Scholar research chair in social sciences at the University of Lethbridge, and the Chair of Ethnic Studies at the University of Calgary (from July 2017 on). Originally from Iran, he came to Winnipeg in 1993 to do his PhD in sociology at the University of Manitoba. In 2012-13, he served as Stephen Jarislowsly Chair in Culture Change and Immigration at Memorial University of Newfoundland, where he conducted research and advised the provincial government on issues related to retention and integration of immigrants. Later this year, he will be joining the University of Calgary as their new Chair of Ethnic Studies. He has also been the founding director of two research data centres at University of Lethbridge and Memorial University. His research is in two distinct areas: the socio-economic experiences of immigrants in Canada, and the socio-cultural developments in the Middle East, on which he has published seven books, with two more in-press.

Caroline Hemstock

Manager of Programs and Services, AAISA


Caroline Hemstock is the Manager of Programs and Services at the Alberta Association of Immigrant Serving Agencies. After completing her Master's degree at the University of Calgary, Caroline has worked in the area of research, policy development and communications in Canada and Latin America for a variety of academic, non-profit, and private organizations. She is passionate about social justice and the importance of practice-oriented research particularly when advocating for the rights of vulnerable groups such as TFWs. Caroline is an avid volunteer and enjoys mentoring newcomer youth in her free time.

Ismaël Traoré

Research and Information Coordinator, AMSSA


Ismaël Traoré is the Research and Information Coordinator at AMSSA, the umbrella association of immigrant and refugee settlement support services in British Columbia. At AMSSA, he is responsible for content curation and knowledge mobilization. He manages a research database on settlement sector and immigrant and newcomer relevant information and seeks community-based participatory research opportunities. Dr. Traoré holds a PhD in Sociology with a specialization in social inequality and has taught at UBC, McMaster University, and Okanagan College. He is interested in justice and equality and collaborative partnerships between academic researchers, social service organizations and the government sector.

Yoko Yoshida

Associate Professor at Dalhousie University


Yoko Yoshida is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology at Dalhousie University. Her research interests include social statistics, integration processes of immigrants and socio-economic inequality. Over the past several years she has been engaging with research on measuring multi-dimensional immigrants’ integration, immigrants’ settlement in Atlantic Canada, social and economic activities of immigrants who come under the sponsored family streams, and impacts of family and gender in settlement processes. Through these projects with a regional focus, she has established research partnerships with provincial and federal offices, including the NS Office of Immigration, Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada and Statistics Canada. She is a co-investigator of Pathways to Prosperity, and also serves as a board member to the Canadian Population Society.



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