Fenrick, Elena (2015) Municipal newcomer assistance in Lloydminster: evaluating policy networks in immigration settlement services. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.
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This research explores the value of the federally funded Local Immigration Partnership (LIP) program as the initiative expands from communities in Ontario to communities across Canada. While labour market demands make the recruitment and retention of immigrants a serious policy problem in smaller, more isolated centres, the existing academic literature has highlighted the importance of local settlement support services. In smaller centres, these services, if they are available, are delivered by a range of federal, provincial and municipal government agencies, acting in partnership with a range of Non-Governmental Organizations. There has been concern that there is a lack of cohesion in this policy network, which is particularly problematic given the network’s vital role in delivering services. Academic research indicates that relevant community actors are not sufficiently connected on immigration issues, and the LIP program has been designed as an information-based policy instrument, providing funding to help organize networked service delivery more effectively – this is seen as a low-cost strategy for improving immigration support in smaller cities. Regions of Canada vary in their strengths and in their challenges, and the LIP program’s focus on enhancing existing immigration-sector networks seeks to account for these differences. This project presents a case study of Lloydminster, Alberta/Saskatchewan to test the potential applicability and receptivity of the LIP program in a rurally located, economically booming, small Western Canadian city. Lloydminster’s immigration-sector network has improved on its own over time; organizations on the periphery still feel disconnected, which is negatively impacting immigrant integration. From the data collected through this project, it is clear that a Local Immigration Partnership has the potential to improve the network in Lloydminster, and that the relevant community actors see real benefits in this approach to immigration policy.
|Item Type:||Thesis (Masters)|
|Additional Information:||Includes bibliographical references (pages 75-79).|
|Keywords:||Immigration, Settlement, Municipal, Policy Network, Newcomer|
|Department(s):||Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of > Political Science|
|Geographic Location:||Lloydminster (A.B.)|
|Library of Congress Subject Heading:||Immigrants--Services for--Alberta--Lloydminster; Regional planning--Alberta--Lloydminster; Lloydminster (A.B.)--Emigration and immigration--Social aspects|
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