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What Do We Do Now? - Qualitative Research on Immigrant Women’s Access to Skills Training Provided by the Public Service in Canada

Obando Molina, Monica (2023) What Do We Do Now? - Qualitative Research on Immigrant Women’s Access to Skills Training Provided by the Public Service in Canada. [MRP]

Item Type: MRP
Creators: Obando Molina, Monica

Women worldwide choose to immigrate to Canada inspired by other immigrants' experiences and immigration news. There are many reasons why women choose to emigrate; most are following a promise of socio-economic improvement, but for some, that promise is not easily realized. There is a need to understand what barriers keep newcomer women from socio-economic insertion once they have settled in Canada. This research aims to explore the services provided by the public sector in Canada to immigrant women, to support their skills development for successful socio-economic integration. The study investigates persistent barriers experienced by immigrant women in the settlement process that remain despite engaging with the available public aid. The research follows a framework analysis method which facilitates discovery and highlight themes from qualitative data on available research on immigration, socio-economic insertion, and skill development topics in Canada. Overall, this research aims to build awareness of immigrant women’s needs and their access to public resources intended to facilitate their effective socio-economic integration. The framework analysis on existing research allows for a mapping of themes found in articles related to gender, immigration, socio-economic insertion, and skill development, documenting systemic barriers impeding the settlement of immigrant women. The analysis of the data outlines the concept of the survival job (a job with the sole intention of providing quick income to subsist), while exposing the limited options public service programs have for high-skilled women and mothers. The research also uncovers ways in which family responsibilities felt upon arrival have a significant impact on both socio-economic integration and mental health. This research is important in that it provides findings relevant to policy makers, by identifying and analyzing gender-specific barriers present during the immigration process. This study will contribute to the body of knowledge on Canadian immigration and the role of Canadian public services, like public libraries and community centres, in providing sufficient and efficient settlement support to immigrants.

Date: 3 May 2023
Uncontrolled Keywords: Canada, immigrant women, socio-economic insertion, public services, settlement services, skill development
Divisions: Graduate Studies
Graduate Studies > Inclusive Design
Date Deposited: 04 May 2023 19:06
Last Modified: 04 May 2023 19:06
URI: https://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/4052

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