Broader Economic, Social and Political Factors 2017-11-30T17:00:23+00:00

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 of Sociology and Chair of Ethnic Studies at the University of Calgary


Dr. Abdie Kazemipur is currently professor of sociology and the Chair of Ethnic Studies at the University of Calgary. 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 on issues related to retention and integration of immigrants. He has also been the founding academic director of two Statistics Canada 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 eight books, in English and Farsi; he is currently working on a new manuscript titled Sacred as Secular: Secularization under Theocracy in Iran. Dr. Kazemipur’s works have been recognized through many awards, including the 2015 John Porter Award by Canadian Sociological Association and the 2018 Researcher Award by the Canadian National Metropolis.

Daniella Bagmeijer

Research and Policy Officer at AAISA


Daniella Bagmeijer is the Research and Policy Officer at the Alberta Association of Immigrant Serving Agencies (AAISA), a regionally and nationally recognized leader in the settlement and integration sector. Originally from the Netherlands, Daniella completed her Bachelor’s Degree at Mount Royal University, and returned to Maastricht for graduate school. She graduated with a double Master’s of Science in Public Policy and Human Development through a joint program specializing in Social Protection Policy from both Maastricht University and the United Nations University. As an immigrant to both Colombia and Canada, Daniella is passionate of the work that AAISA does representing immigrant-serving agencies and organizations that work with newcomers across the province. In addition to immigration policy, Daniella is also interested in social justice, equality, and access to healthcare.

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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