Barbara Neis

Restructuring in the Newfoundland and Labrador Fishery Since the Collapse of the Cod Stocks: Laying the Foundation for Migrant and Immigrant Workers?
Barbara Neis (Ph.D.) is co-director of SafetyNet, A Community Research Alliance on Health and Safety in Marine and Coastal Workplaces at Memorial University, St. John’s, Newfoundland. She is also Professor in the Dept. of Sociology and a Fellow of the Trudeau Foundation. Dr. Neis received her Ph.D. from the University of Toronto in 1988. She has researched many aspects of the Newfoundland and Labrador fisheries and has recently begun linking that research with international fisheries-related developments. Her areas of research focus include occupational asthma to snow crab and fishing vessel safety (funded by C.I.H.R.), the social and human health impacts of restructuring in the Newfoundland and Labrador fisheries (funded by SSHRC and NSERC) and local ecological knowledge and science (funded by SSHRC and NSERC).


Brenda Grzetic

Seasonal Migration from rural fishery-dependent communities in Newfoundland, Canada.
This lecture discusses the dynamics of seasonal migration of displaced fishery workers who leave Newfoundland and Labrador for work in fish-plants in other provinces throughout Atlantic Canada. The focus will be on work and housing issues, points of conflict and the limits of investment.

Brenda Grzetic is a PhD candidate in Interdisciplinary Studies at Dalhousie University, Canada. Her research focuses on families' experiences of seasonal migration from rural fishery-dependent communities in Newfoundland and Labrador. This research is a continuation of the Coasts Under Stress research at Memorial University that studied the effects of fisheries restructuring on households. Her Masters focused on women's experiences of working on fishing boats.

David Bruce

Creating a Welcoming Community: an Example from Rural Nova Scotia, Canada.
This presentation summarizes the experiences of Cumberland County, Nova Scotia, as they struggle with out migration of youth and shrinking of the labour force. The economic development agency prepared a county-wide “repopulation strategy” with a focus on immigration attraction and youth retention. A key focus of the strategy is the establishment of “settlement teams” to help build a sense of “a welcoming community” and to assist new resident settle into the county.

David is the Director of the Rural and Small Town Programme, Mount Allison University. He has a BA in Geography from Mount Allison and an MA in Geography from UBC. David also holds an Adjunct Professor position in the Department of Geography at Mount Allison University.

David has knowledge and expertise in the field of rural community development and associated topics of housing, information technology adoption, home business issues, organizational growth and development, and community economic development. He has participated in more than 50 major research and outreach projects in rural Canada. He is a co-investigator in a $3M (CDN) research grant examining “Building Capacity of Rural Communities in the New Economy”, in which he heads up the “communication theme group”. David served as Secretary-Treasurer for the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation from 2002-2004. Most recently David’s work has involved project relating to population mobility and migration. He authored a discussion paper on Rural Repopulation for the Canadian government’s Rural Secretariat, in 2005, and he has worked with many municipalities and regional agencies in the development of community plans focusing on the intersection of labour force development, population issues, and migration.

David Bruce, Director, Rural and Small Town Programme
Adjunct Professor, Department of Geography
Mount Allison University
144 Main St., Sackville NB E4L 1A7
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1. Regional Economic Development agencies
We have groups similar to the one in the West Fjords who are doing lots of work on all kinds of development activities the group with whom we developed the repopulation strategy is the province-wide umbrella organization representing 13 such agencies

2. Research
- - this is the homepage for the national network of research on migration and immigration, mostly urban-based.... go to the Atlantic network for more rural and small town stuff - have done interesting things of interest to you

3. Federal government resources
- has some links on immigration and population issues
- - has all kinds of stats and programs and information of interest; they also have something called "Attracting and Retaining Immigrants: A Tool Box of Ideas for Smaller Centres" but I cannot find a web link for it.


Hafliði H Hafliðason

This is how we do it.
Project Manager at the Development Centre of East Iceland, works closely with the Regional Asscoiation of Local Authorities in East Iceland and others on immigrant issues - BA in history and politics from the University of Iceland and MA in Global Political Economy from the University of Sussex.

The percentage of immigrants in East-Iceland has risen steadily in the last few years. Municipalities have not formed a special policy for serving immigrants, so for most of them the situation is unacceptable. The Regional Association of Local Authorities in East Iceland felt obligated to analyze the needs and conditions of immigrants in East Iceland.

The Regional Association of Local Authorities in East Iceland has been an active participant in projects related to immigrants in previous years. At their annual meeting in 2005, it was decided to establish a workgroup, which had the task to analyze the situation and make a report that could act as a ‘guide book’. Municipalities, individuals, companies, organisations and etc. were brought together and a project management-group of five was established in April 2006 to form the project. Since then, meetings have been held, a specialists opinion has been given, a conference was held in September 2006 and the report, Svona gerum við (e. This is how we do it) was published in February 2007. Mr. Haflidason’s lecture will reflect the work and conclusion of the report.

Kristín E. Harðardóttir

What do we know about the immigrants in West Fjords?
This lecture will examine the attitude of the immigrants living in West Fjords to different aspects of their live there. About their attitude to residential, work, information flow to rights and obligations, education and work experience. Do we have acceptable knowledge about the immigrants living in Iceland? And what is lacking in our knowledge about the immigrants living here.

Kristín Harðardóttir is a director of the Institute of Anthropology at the University of Iceland. She has worked jointly with the Multicultural Center, The Social Science Institute at the University of Iceland and the Ministry of Social Affairs on a survey about the attitudes of immigrant groups living and working in Iceland.

Magnfríður Júlíusdóttir

Imagining the future region.
Immigrants in regional development policy and visions
In the present framework of globalisation and decentralisation of regional development initiatives, local communities in Iceland are developing future visions and regional growth strategies. These trends will be discussed in relation to immigration, focusing on the questions of visibility and place of immigrants in the future visions for the regions.

Magnfríður Júlíusdóttir is an associate professor in geography at the University of Iceland. Her main fields of research are migration and gender relations in regional development, in both southern African and Icelandic context.

Images of the future region - Immigrants in regional development policy and visions (pdf)

Marit Anne Aure

How people become labour migrants.
The migration from the small Russian coastal community of Teriberka to the equally small fishing community of Båtsfjord in Northern Norway was a very organized process. This had both social, economic and cultural effects on the selections of migrants as well as the migration process for the migrants. It also influenced the processing industry and the community in Norway.

The work is part of Marit´s PhD thesis dealing with migration as transnational links between two coastal communities. The project sees migration within a frame of localized development processes in the northern periphery, and focus on how the processes of migration both draws on and reproduce and possibly change social and economic structures in the communities.

Marit Aure is trained at the Department of planning and community studies at the University of Tromsø, Norway. She has been the counselor of the UNESCO Management of Social Transformation, Circumpolar Coping Processes Project (MOS CCPP), and a lecturer at the Teachers Training College in Tromsø. She is currently employed part-time at the Northern Feminist University
in Steigen, Nordland County. Internal as well as international migration processes, feminist geography, local-global processes of development, gender studies are field of academic interest.


Philomena de Lima

Rights not Numbers -The Challenges for Integration in Rural Communities.
The lecture will provide a critical reflection and analysis of research undertaken in relation to minority ethnic communities and migrant workers across rural communities in Britain and identify some future possibilities.

Philomena de Lima works as researcher/development officer with the UHI PolicyWeb, UHI Millennium Institute. She authored the first publication in 2001 on rural minority ethnic groups in Scotland, ‘Needs not Numbers’ and completed a mapping exercise on rural ‘race’ issues in the British context for the Commission for Racial Equality in 2002/3. She contributed to an audit of research on ethnic minorities in Scotland in 2001 and completed a study on access to further and higher education amongst minority ethnic groups in the Scottish Highlands and Islands in 2004. In 2005, in collaboration with the National Centre for Migration Studies (Sabhal MOR Ostaig) she completed a study on migrant workers in the Highlands and Islands and has recently completed a study on migrant workers in the Grampian region of Scotland.

Recent publications include, a chapter in ‘Rural Racism’ edited by Chakraborti and Garland (2004) and published by Willan Publishing, ‘An Inclusive Scotland? The Scottish Executive and racial equality in G. Mooney and G. Scott (eds) Exploring Social Policy in the ‘New’ Scotland and a chapter in Neal and Agyeman (2006) ‘The new countryside?’ both published by the Policy Press and has contributed to the CRE Newcomers Handbook published in 2006. She is one of the Carnegie UK Trust consultants on the Rural Action Research Programme (RARP) and is responsible for the ‘Building Inclusive Communities’ theme which was launched in May 2006. She is actively involved regionally and nationally on policy issues, including the Scottish Advisory Group for the Equal Opportunities Commission, Carnegie UK Trust Enquiry into Civil Society, Scottish Funding Council Public Policy Knowledge Transfer Action Group, and until recently was a member of the Scottish Further Education Council.

Rights not Numbers - The Challenges for Integration in Rural Communities (Scotland) (pdf)

Philomena De Lima
Development Officer/Researcher
UHI PolicyWeb
Great Clen House
Leachkin Road
Inverness IV3 8NW


Roland Beshiri

Immigrants in rural Canada
Integration or Segregation, Development and Trends in Rural and Coastal Areas The presentation will describe the socio-economic conditions of immigrants in rural Canada. Comparisons will be made with immigrants of different arrival times and with Canadian-born residents. The lecture will also report on the more popular rural municipalities or regions where many immigrants are deciding to live in Canada. Finally, from surveys conducted at Statistics Canada, details of some of the reasons immigrants go to and stay at a location.

Roland Beshiri has worked with Statistics Canada for 10 years. Five of those years have been with the Research and Rural Data Section where he has worked on analyzing data in regard to rural issues and has written numerous bulletins about rural Canada, including immigration. These and other Rural and Small Town Canada Analysis Bulletins can be downloaded at:

Previous to this federal posting Roland worked for various Province of Ontario ministries and municipalities and with rural native communities in British Columbia. He obtained his masters degree in Rural Development and Planning from the University of Guelph in 1994.

Research and Statistics
Research and Statistics
Studies Based on the Longitudinal Immigrant Database (IMDB)
Recent Immigrants in Metropolitan Areas
Special Immigrant Studies

Rural Secretariat, Agriculture and Agri-food Canada
Use the SEARCH function with 'Immigrants' to find 131 documents about RURAL community discussions regarding immigration as part of community development. Also there are government policy documents. I have not looked very much at these documents but from what I have seen all these documents do not discuss immigration programs, policy or community interests in any great detail.
Go to the Statistics Canada site, 'Analytical Studies', use the SEARCH function with 'Immigrants' to find 72 detailed studies.

Impacts of Foreign Farm Workers in Ontario Communities (pdf)
Provincial Immigration Policy in Western Canada (pdf)
Immigrants in Rural Canada (pdf)

Unnur Dís Skaptadóttir / Anna Wojtynska

West Fjord’s global villages: home or work place?
This lecture will examine how immigrants who have moved to the West fjords evaluate their sense of belonging due to migration experiences. Analyzing transnational practices that tie migrant to two places; that of their origin and of their destination. How has the move to a new place influenced their identities and sense of belonging?

Unnur Dís Skaptadóttir is an associate professor of anthropology at the University of Iceland. She has done research in fishery villages in Iceland and is currently involved in research on immigrant issues.

Anna Wojtynska is a doctoral student in anthropology at the University of Iceland. She is studying Polish migrants in Iceland, with focus on the fishing industry.

Wolfgang Bosswick

Local integration policies for migrants - experiences from a European study.
Experiences and empirical evidence show that integration of migrants is usually a process of integration into a specific local context. Thus, the local policies towards migrants is of high importance for this process. Within Europe, especially the major cities have extensive experiences in implementing local integration policies, but meanwhile, also medium sized cities and rural areas are beginning to develop targeted policies and their implementation. The paper will present a work-in-progress report from a European project involving 30 cities.

Born in 1956. Sociologist (Dipl.), study of sociology, social anthropology, economics, psychology and Latin American studies at the Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany. Field studies in Mexico and the U.S.A. Until 1993 researcher at the Sozialwissenschaftliches Forschungszentrum Nürnberg (Centre of Social Sciences Research, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg), working in the DFG (German Research Society) project Asylum as a Relationship of Otherness on the situation of people entitled to asylum living in the Nuremberg metropolitan area. Co-founder and managing director of the efms, from 1996 until 2003 acting secretary of the International Association for the Study of Forced Migration, member of the International Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of Refugee Studies, Oxford Press. Member of the Training Committee and the Financial Committee of the IMISCOe European Network of Excellence.

International Association for the Study of Forced Migration
Journal of Refugee Studies, Oxford University Press
IMISCOE European Network of Excellence.