Why Do Immigrants Leave Canada?

by | Feb 16, 2018

Project Presentation

The aim of this research blog is to show the steps and to detail the progress of a research project that I undertook with Thomas Lecomte, doctoral candidate in anthropology at the Université of Montréal. The idea behind this blog is to offer an example of what can be achieved with LiGRE and to explain more concretely how its qualitative and quantitative tools can be combined to achieve a mixed research project.

Started in the fall of 2017, this project focuses on why people choose to migrate in Canada, the integration difficulties they face once they are here, and why they sometime choose to return definetively to their home country. This project currently only involves newcomers settled in Quebec, but we plan to expand our sample in the English speaking parts of Canada in a second phase.

The project has been approved by the Université de Montréal’s Ethics Committee for Arts and Sciences Research (Reference number is: CERAS-2017-18-137-D). In accordance with the rules and principles of the CERAS, all the results displayed on this blog will be transformed and presented in a way that guarantees the confidentiality and anonymity of the participants.

For the moment, this project involves two different phases of data collection, one done by a web survey and, the other, by interviews. The questionnaire is available in two languages, English and French. Both versions have been designed with LiGRE. They can be viewed and filled without risk of affecting the validity of our sample at these addresses:

The survey’s distribution started on January 1st and we have collected so far the responses of 438 immigrants. 

Legend: This calendar graphic is automatically generated by LiGRE. It quickly allows you to assess the progress of your distribution. The darker the shade of blue is for a day, the more respondents has answered.
As for the interviews, we had planned a section at the end of the survey where candidates that wanted to volunteer could leave us their email address. We collected 125 candidates this way. We plan to start conducting interviews in early May.

Obviously, conducting 125 interviews will require a lot of energy. It will probably be necessary to expand the team and plan several full “interview” days to get there. In the meantime, we will add new tickets each week to tell you about our progress and explain our approach.

Project Summary

This section present the most recent results that we recorded.

Survey Respondents

Interview Candidates