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Guelph Wellington Local Immigration Partnership: 2016 Immigrant Survey and Research Report

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Title: Guelph Wellington Local Immigration Partnership: 2016 Immigrant Survey and Research Report
Author: Patel, Dipti; Henderson, Ella; Guelph Wellington LIP Research Committee
Abstract: Up-to-date local information is needed to help guide planning at the Guelph Wellington Local Immigration Partnership. In particular, information regarding the needs and experiences of recent immigrants in Guelph and Wellington is needed to be able to improve the social and economic inclusion of immigrants in these communities. From July to November 2016, researchers reviewed existing local, provincial, and national data; administered surveys to 218 respondents in Guelph and Wellington County through convenience sampling; and, conducted two focus group discussions and five phone interviews. Some key figures include: 77% of survey respondents reported feeling welcome “often” or “always” in Guelph and Wellington. However, up to about one third of respondents felt out of place in certain contexts - most strikingly at work, school, and in neighbourhoods - due to their culture, language, race or religion. 65% of respondents reported being employed; however, almost half of those (44%) are not working in their area of education or training. Of the 36% of respondents who were not working, 47% identified transportation as a barrier to employment. Language issues and lack of networks were also mentioned. Respondents reported a high level of awareness of health, education and settlement services in the region; but less so of employment, financial or housing services. Additionally, few were aware of financial (58%) or housing (57%) supports, and less than half of them have accessed these services.
Description: Poster was part of 'What We Know' display, held on March 1, 2017 at the Quebec Street Mall in Downtown Guelph. At 'What We Know,' the Community Engaged Scholarship Institute brought together 50 posters featuring diverse research on Guelph and Wellington from community organizations, municipal staff, faculty and students. Topics included feral cats, farmland loss, food waste, the wellbeing of children and more - all specific to Guelph and Wellington.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10214/10386
Date: 2017-03-01


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