Ottawa pumps $400,000 in training program focused on immigration
A “first of its kind” training is launched here to help countries compete for talent and cope with newcomer integration amid global economic shift.
As the world competes for talent, Canada has launched a “first of its kind” training program to help decision makers manage migration.
Unlike other academic programs in immigration studies, Metropolis Professional Development training, through its international faculties, is intended to avoid academic discussion and instead focus on finding the systems that get the best results through monitoring and evaluation tools.
“Many new countries are getting into the immigration game and don’t know what to do,” said Howard Duncan, executive head of Metropolis, an international network of immigration policy-makers and researchers based at Ottawa’s Carleton University.
“Migration is no longer a one-way permanent flow from Italy to Canada or Germany to the United States. With the shift in global economic strength, the old immigrant source countries have now become destinations of returned migration. Some are struggling in managing (re)integration.”
The not-for-profit program aims to give policy-makers, international migration organizations, community groups and private sectors that deal with immigrants a broader understanding of the global phenomenon and guides in problem solving — like an MBA in immigration.
“The global competition for talents and migrants is heating up. There is a huge demand and need for this kind of training,” noted Duncan.
The November program in Toronto, offering an expert panel from Canada, Australia, Korea, the United Kingdom, the Philippines, Mexico, the Netherlands and Austria, is now open for registration.
The initiative was developed with a $400,000 contribution from Ottawa. Officials hope the $4,500 tuition set for the next cohort can make the certification program self-sustaining.
Joanna Kubica, who enrolled in a pilot version of the program this summer, said the intense one-week curriculum was an eye-opener for policy-makers involved in servicing newcomer population.
“Immigration policy changes affect immigration patterns, which affect everyday services we provide for newcomers,” said the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board’s student settlement support officer.
The growing number of students arriving with parents with temporary status, she said, has changed the dynamic of the school community because these children are more transient and present more challenges in their integration.