LEAD – Ray Silvius, R.silvius@uwinnipeg.ca
CO-LEAD & STUDENT SUPPORT – Linamar Campos Flores, LinamarCamposF@outlook.com
CO-LEAD – Philomena de Lima, Philomena.delima.ic@uhi.ac.uk
CO-LEAD – Belinda Leach, Bleach@uoguelph.ca
CO-LEAD – Barbara Neis, Bneis@mun.ca

First MIRRA Research/Policy Brief is published-by Michelle Lam

The first MIRRA Research/Policy Brief is published by Michelle Lam entitled “Newcomer Integration and Educating Canadians”. This research brief provides an in-depth analysis of the recent board game tool entitled Refugee Journeys: Identity, intersectionality and Integration which is a tool that can educate Canadians more specifically about integration experiences.The game was developed with the goal of educating Canadians about newcomer experiences.

The Canadian government defines integration as a “two-way street” which involves change and accommodation from both newcomers and Canadians. But most settlement and integration initiatives work towards educating newcomers about Canada, not the other way around.

For full content of the Brief: CLICK HERE

The Launch of the Community Engaged Research on Immigration (CERI) Network! by Ray Silvius

Ray Silvius announced that a publications tab has been added to the Community Engaged Research on Immigration (CERI) Network webpage. The first two publications have been posted.

Click Here to find the material.

Global report on trafficking in Persons, UNODC

The first UNODC Global Study on Smuggling of Migrants shows that migrant smuggling routes affect every part of the world. The study is based on an extensive review of existing data and literature. It presents detailed information about key smuggling routes, such as the magnitude, the profiles of smugglers and smuggled migrants, the modus operandi of smugglers and the risks that smuggled migrants face. It shows that smugglers use land, air and sea routes – and combinations of those – in their quest to profit from people’s desire to improve their lives. Smugglers also expose migrants to a range of risks; violence, theft, exploitation, sexual violence, kidnapping and even death along many routes.

Learn more: Full report


Now available from Vernonpress.com – NEW BOOK from Nathan Kerrigan (member of RPLC MIRRA Network), titled, “A Threatened Rural Idyll: Informal social control, exclusion and the resistance to change in the English Countyside.”

About the Author:

Nathan Aaron Kerrigan is a research assistant within the Violence Prevention, Resilience and Justice (VPRJ) research group within the Centre for Behavioural Science at Coventry University in the UK. With a PhD in Social and Community Studies, his research interests centre around rurality and the countryside, globalisation and social change, race, racism and ethnicity, social exclusion, spaces of governance, territorial politics, political governance and informal social control. He has various publications on these issues and has also published a Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) evidence report, which explores the impact of tourism on the perceived erosion of English rural identity, as part of the 2016 inquiry on rural tourism in England.  

Book Summary

“Issues concerning globalisation, protection of identity and resistance to change at the national level (e.g., Brexit) have been the cause of much public and scholarly debate. With this in mind, this book demonstrates how these national, and indeed global narratives, have impacted on and are influenced by ‘going-ons’ in local contexts. By situating these national narratives within a rural context, Kerrigan expertly explores, through ethnographic research, how similar consequences of informal social control and exclusion are maintained in rural England in order to protect rural identity from social and infrastructural change.

Drawing on observation, participant observation, and in-depth interviews, ‘A Threatened Rural Idyll’ illustrates how residents from a small but developing rural town in the South of England perceived changes associated with globalisation, such as population growth, inappropriate building developments, and the influx of service industries. For many of the residents, particularly those of middle-class status and long-standing in the town, these changes were seen as a direct threat to the rural character of the town. The investigation highlights how community dynamics and socio-spatial organisation of daily life work to protect the rural traditions inherent in the social and spatial landscape of the town and to maintain the dominance of its largely white, middle-class character. As a result, Kerrigan contends that the resistance to change has the consequence of constructing a social identity that attempts to reinforce the notions of a rural idyll to the exclusion of processes and people seen as representing different values and ideals.”

*Bio and Summary available from Vernonpress.com.



Recordings of all of our webinars can be found on the RPLC YouTube channel.  Visit the site to see all of the rural related webinars or check out some of the MIRRA related webinars below.


For more episodes on a variety of rural issues, please visit: http://ruralroutespodcasts.com

Rural Routes is a Leslie Harris Centre of Regional Policy and Development and Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation initiative. This show is supported through a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Connection grant.

Selected publications related to Migration in Remote and Rural Areas

Li, M., Goetz, S. J., & Weber, B. (2018). Human Capital and Intergenerational Mobility in U.S. Counties. Economic Development Quarterly, 32(1), 18–28.

Shortall, Sally, and Ruth McAreavey. 2017. “Gender, Migration and Development: Can Advocacy Groups Be More of a Hindrance than a Help?Social Sciences 6 (2):49.

de Lima, Philomena. 2017. International Migration. The Wellbeing of Migrants. Dunedin:Edinburgh-London, 158 p.                                                       


Hamilton, Lawrence C., Kei Saito, Philip A. Loring, Richard B. Lammers, and Henry P. Huntington. 2016. “Climigration? Population and Climate Change in Arctic Alaska.” Population and Environment 38 (2):115–33.

Netto, Gina, Maria Hudson, Mike Noon, Filip Sosenko, Philomena de Lima, and Nicolina Kamenou-Aigbekaen. 2015. “Migration, Ethnicity and Progression from Low-Paid Work: Implications for Skills Policy.” Social Policy and Society 14 (4):509–22.

Baldacchino, Godfrey, and Carmen Sammut. 2015. “The Migration Crisis: No Human Is Illegal.” The Round Table 105 (2):231–33.

Gutiérrez, Lidia Carvajal, and Thomas G. Johnson. 2014. “Impacts of Remittances from Canada’s Seasonal Workers Program on Mexican Farms.” International Labour Review, n/a-n/a.