Policies for immigration and immigrant integration

Research on immigration and diversity carries implications for policies including those for the recruitment and selection of immigrants, and also for the successful integration of immigrants including settlement programs, equity policy, and multiculturalism. The following publications listed here address one or another of these policy domains. Included also are publications addressing policy research in general, and the conditions affecting the successful use of social research in policy.


2007 Jeffrey G. Reitz and Rupa Banerjee, “Racial Inequality, Social Cohesion, and Policy Issues in Canada,” pp. 489-545 in: Belonging? Diversity, Recognition and Shared Citizenship in Canada, edited by Keith Banting, Thomas J. Courchene, and F. Leslie Seidle. Montreal: Institute for Research on Public Policy. Reprinted with updates in Social Inequality in Canada: Dimensions of Disadvantage, 5th edition, edited by E. Grabb and N. Guppy, Toronto: Pearson Canada. Also included in 6th (E. Grabb, J. Reitz, and M. Hwang, 2017) and 7th (M. Hwang, E. Grabb, and J. Reitz, 2022) editions, Toronto: Oxford University Press.

Canadian Immigration Policy

1998 Jeffrey G. Reitz, “Measuring Down: The Economic Performance of New Canadians is Declining; If We Want to Change that, We Need to Rethink Immigration Policy,” Financial Post, November 8, 1997.  Reprinted in Post 2000: Business Wisdom for the Next Century, edited by Charles Davies, Toronto: Key Porter Books, 1998, pp. 157-163.

2003 Charles Beach, Alan Green, and Jeffrey G. Reitz (eds.), Canadian Immigration Policy for the 21st Century, Kingston, ON: John Deutsch Institute for the Study of Economic Policy, 644 pp.

2004 Jeffrey G. Reitz, “Canada: Immigration and Nation-Building in the Transition to a Knowledge Economy.” Pp. 97-133 in Controlling Immigration: a Global Perspective, 2nd Edition, edited by Wayne A. Cornelius, Philip L. Martin, James F. Hollifield, and Takeyuki Tsuda, Stanford CA: Stanford University Press.

2005 Jeffrey G. Reitz, “Canadian Immigration Policy,” in Immigration and Asylum: From 1900 to the Present edited by Matthew J. Gibney and Randall Hansen (Oxford, UK, and Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO), volume 1, pp., 63-70.

2010 Jeffrey G. Reitz, “Selecting immigrants for the short term: Is it smart in the long run?” Policy Options 31, 7 (July/August): 12-16. Institute for Research on Public Policy.

2011 Jeffrey G. Reitz, « Gestió de la immigració i la diversitat al Canadà i al Quebec: lliçons per a Espanya? » (Conferència inaugural), pp. 31-55 in Fòrum sobre la gestió de la immigració i la diversitat al Quebec i al Canadà [Managing Immigration and Diversity in Quebec and Canada Forum] Barcelona: Generalitat de Catalunya, Departament de Benestar Social i Família, Direcció General per a la Immigració. Col•lecció Ciutadania i Immigració, 2011. (Catalan translation of next item.)

2011 Jeffrey G. Reitz, “Pro-immigration Canada: Social and Economic Roots of Popular Views.” IRPP Study, no. 20. Montreal: Institute for Research on Public Policy.

2012 Jeffrey G. Reitz, “Managing Immigration and Diversity in Canada and Quebec: Lessons for Spain?” pp. 59-82  in Managing Immigration and Diversity in Canada: A Transatlantic Dialogue in the New Age of Migration, ed. By D. Rodríguez Garcia. Montreal and Kingston: Queen’ s Policy Studies Series, McGill-Queen’s University Press.

2012 Jeffrey G. Reitz, “Economic Opportunity, Multiculturalism, and the Roots of Popular Support for High Immigration in Canada,” pp. 291-310 in Anti-immigrant sentiments, actions and policies in the North American region and the European Union/ Sentimientos, acciones y políticas anti-inmigrantes en América del Norte y la Unión Europea, Edited by Mónica Verea, Center for Research on North America, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (CISAN-UNAM), Mexico City, 2012.

2014 Jeffrey G. Reitz, “Canada: New Initiatives and Approaches to Immigration and Nation Building, pp. 88-116 in Controlling Immigration: A Global Perspective, 3rd Edition, ed. J.F. Hollifield, P.L. Martin, and P.M. Orrenius. Stanford CA: Stanford University Press.

2021 Rupa Banerjee, Feng Hou, Jeffrey G. Reitz, & Tinting Zhang, “Evaluating Foreign Skills: The Effects of Credential Assessment on Skilled Immigrants’ Labour Market Performance in Canada,” Canadian Public Policy/Analyse de politiques, 47, 3: 358-372.  DOI: 10.3138/cpp.2021-014

2021 Jeffrey G. Reitz and Melissa H. Jasso, “Mexican Migration to Canada: Trends and Prospects,” pp. 47-69 in Borders and Migration in North America at the threshold of the twenties/Fronteras y Migración en Norteamérica en el umbral de los veinte, eds. Graciela Martinex-Zalce and Mónica Verea, Mexico City: Centro de Investigaciones sobre América del Norte (CISAN), Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM).

2022  Jeffrey G. Reitz, “Canada: Continuity and Change in Immigration for Nation-Building,” pp. 123-167 in: Controlling Immigration: A Global Perspective, 4rd Edition, ed. J.F. Hollifield, P.L. Martin, P.M. Orrenius and F. Héarn. Stanford CA: Stanford University Press.

2023 Jeffrey G. Reitz, “The Role of Employers in Selecting Highly-Skilled Immigrants: Potentials and Limitations.” Journal of International Migration and Integration, online 22 March 2023. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12134-023-01030-y. Shardit link: https://rdcu.be/c8fZI.

2023  Jeffrey G. Reitz & Melissa H. Jasso, “Growth in High-skilled Mexican Migration Northward: American and Canadian Destinations.” Migraciones Internacionales 14: 1-27. https://migracionesinternacionales.colef.mx/index.php/migracionesinternacionales/article/view/2593/2084

Immigrant Employment Policy

1996 Jeffrey G. Reitz, Survey of the Impact of Race on Career Development Opportunities for Members of the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada employed as professionals and scientists at Health Canada.  Ottawa: The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada, January 11, 14 pp.

2005 Jeffrey G. Reitz, “Tapping Immigrants’ Skills: New Directions for Canadian Immigration Policy in the Knowledge Economy,” Choices 11, 1 (February): 1-18; reprinted in Law and Business Review of the Americas (Tower Centre publication) 11, 3/4 (Summer/Fall 2005): 409-32. Abridgement published as “How to Better Use Canadian Immigrants’ Skills,” in Society in Question, 5th Canadian edition, edited by Robert Brym, Toronto: Nelson, 2008.

2005 Jeffrey G. Reitz and Nan Weiner, “Employment Equity: Policies, Programs, and Practices for Aboriginal Peoples and Visible Minorities.” Gatineau, Quebec: Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, 2005, 25 pp. including French translation.

 2008 Jeffrey G. Reitz, “How to Better Use Canadian Immigrants’ Skills,” in Society in Question, 5th Canadian edition, edited by Robert Brym, Toronto: Nelson. Abridgement of “Tapping Immigrant Skills: New Directions for Canadian Immigration Policy,” Choices 11, 1 (February, 2005): 1-18 (see above, journal articles).

2011 Jeffrey G. Reitz, “Taxi Driver Syndrome: Behind-the-scenes immigration changes are creating new problems on top of old ones,” Literary Review of Canada 19,2 (March), pp. 20-2.

2013 Jeffrey G. Reitz, “Closing the Gaps Between Skilled Immigration and Canadian Labour Markets,” pp. 147-163 in Wanted and Welcome?: Policies for Highly Skilled Immigrants in Comparative Perspective, ed. P. Triadafilopoulos. New York: Springer, 2013.

2018       Jeffrey G. Reitz, Rupa Banerjee, Philip Oreopoulos, “Can we avoid bias in hiring practices? A recent report from Ottawa’s Name-Blind Recruitment Pilot Project reveals that there are still many challenges in developing hiring practices that avoid bias.”  Policy Options (IRPP), July 6. 


1976 Jeffrey G. Reitz, “Some reflections on the Non-Official Languages study as applied social research”. Canadian Ethnic Studies 8, 2: 88-92.

2009 Jeffrey G. Reitz, Raymond Breton, Karen K. Dion and Kenneth L. Dion, “Realizing the potentials – and facing  challenges – of multiculturalism in Canada.”  Canada Watch, Fall, pp. 41-3.

2014 Jeffrey G. Reitz, “Multiculturalism Policies and Popular Multiculturalism in the Development of Canadian Immigration,” pp. 107-26 in The Multiculturalism Question: Debating Identity in 21st Century Canada, ed. by Jack Jedwab. Kingston and Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press.

2016 Jeffrey G. Reitz, “Integration of Muslim Minorities: Is it about religion?”  Inroads: The Canadian Journal of Opinion, 38, Winter-Spring, pp. 101-108.

2021 Jeffrey G. Reitz, “Popular Multiculturalism as Social Capital: Trends and Prospects,” Canadian Issues Fall/Winter (“Multiculturalism @50 and the Promise of a Just Society”).

Race Relations

1991 F. Henry, J. Darden, T. Rees, Jeffrey G. Reitz, A. Richmond, and S. Schoenfeld. A Report on Racial Conflict and Tension in the United States, United Kingdom, and Canada.  Toronto: Anti-Racist Secretariat, Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Culture, June 15, 331 pp.

Social Services for Immigrants

1995 Jeffrey G. Reitz, A Review of Literature on Aspects of Ethno-Racial Access, Utilization and Delivery of Social Services, Toronto: Multicultural Coalition for Access to Family Services, 1995, 79 pp.

Other Publications on social research and policy – Prof. Reitz’ interest in the use of social research in policy making dates back to his graduate studies at Columbia, leading to the publications below.

1975 Paul F. Lazarsfeld and Jeffrey G. Reitz, An Introduction to Applied Sociology. New York: Elsevier Scientific Publishing Company, 196 pp. Excerpt (pp. 1-9) reprinted as “History of Applied Sociology,” Sociological Practice 7 (1989) 43-52, special issue edited by Jan M. Fritz and Elizabeth J. Clark, “The Development of Clinical and Applied Sociology.”

1976 Jeffrey G. Reitz, “Use of social research in population programs: a case study of a policy debate among social science experts”. In: S.R. Ingman and A.E. Thomas (eds.), Topias and Utopias in Health: Policy Studies. The Hague: Mouton, pp. 487-505.

1984 Jeffrey G. Reitz, “The development of applied social research in the United States and Canada: a comparison.” Tsukuba Journal of Sociology 7: 1-2 (March) 21-32 (English section).

Other Publications on Ethnicity and Race

1977 Jeffrey G. Reitz, “Analysis of changing group inequality in a changing occupational structure,” pp. 167-191 in: P. Krishnan (ed.), Mathematical Models of Sociology, Sociological Review Monograph 24. Keele, Staffordshire: University of Keele.

2017 Marko Valenta, Zan Strabac, Jo Jakobsen, Jeffrey G. Reitz, & Al Awad Mouawiya. “Labour Migrations to Resource-rich Countries: Comparative Perspectives on Migrants’ Rights in Canada, Norway and the United Arab Emirates. International Journal on Minority and Group Rights 24, 2: 150-173. DOI: 10.1163/15718115-02402003

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