Research Article
Volume 4 Issue 9 - 2020
Labour Market Barriers and Solutions for Internationally Educated Researchers in Canada: Social and Health Implications
AKM Alamgir1*, Axelle Janczur1, Shafi Bhuiyan2,3, Ted Richmond1 and Amal Rezk2
1Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services, Canada
2University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
3Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada
*Corresponding Author: AKM Alamgir, Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services, Canada.
Received: August 16, 2020; Published: August 31, 2020


Canada is home to a large immigrant and refugee population. Current information confirms the underemployment of the internationally educated professionals. The overall process and journey of migration can have a large and negative impact on financial, social and mental health. With a limited number of first-hand research studies on the experience and effect of immigration on Internationally Educated Researchers (IERs), this study aims at generating evidence around the challenges faced by the IERs to find suitable professional employment, and recommends solutions to improve the current situation.

Based on a grounded theory approach, data for this qualitative study was collected by conducting Focus Group Discussion (FGD) sessions with 22 IERs from different backgrounds and 11 key informant (KI) interviews with directors, executives, human resources administrators, scientists, and researchers from a diverse group of organizations working with IERs. A collaborative data analysis method was practiced for coding, development of categories/subcategories, and creating themes, facilitated by using the NVivo 12 Plus qualitative data analysis software.

Discrimination, systemic racism, and xenophobia were identified by some of the participants as the critical root causes behind the barriers that IERs face in their quest to find a decent job. The current situation of the research labour market in Canada, which is a result of the so-called “gig economy” and job cutbacks, was mentioned as another root cause of the problem. Financial stresses were described as a challenge by some IERs during their transition into the Canadian labour market. Further, deterioration of mental health was common among the participants whose mental problems including depression and anxiety increased as time passed.

The findings of this project can be utilized to pilot strategic interventions and advocate for policy/system solutions that will enable IERs to gain a productive career in Canada.

Keywords: International Credential; Labour Market Challenges; Mental Health; Immigrant Researcher


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