My research agenda focuses on the integration and resettlement of refugees and immigrants. My latest projects focus on refugees and their long-term labour market outcomes, along with the educational trajectories of refugee children and youth. I have also examined how immigrants use settlement services and in identifying the newcomers who need but cannot access services. Another project focuses on the long-term labour market trajectories of those arriving to Canada as children or teens. The rationale is that although we know much about the arrival experiences of adults in the labour market, very little is known about long-term labour market outcomes among those who have had some exposure to the Canadian education system. Other areas of interest include the health outcomes of newcomer children and youth and labour market transitions of immigrant women. I have good statistical and qualitative training and have provided assistance with a variety of projects including a study of the non-fracture needs of hospitalized Winnipeggers, bullying and victimization experiences of newcomer youth.
Key words: race and ethnic relations, immigration and refugee studies, citizenship, youth and school-to-work transitions, integration, settlement, research methods
Industry Expertise (7)
Areas of Expertise (9)
Shastri Indo-Canadian Fellowship (professional)
Shastri Indo-Canadian Fellowship, Visiting Professor Department of Sociology, Jadavpur University, India January to May 2015
Visiting Research Fellow (professional)
Visiting Research Fellow, Refugee Studies Centre, The University of Oxford, Oxford UK January to May 2004
Professor of the Year (professional)
Professor of the Year, Faculty of Arts, U of M September 2008
University of Alberta: Ph.D., Sociology 2001
University of Saskatchewan: M.A., Sociology 1996
University of Saskatchewan: B.A., Sociology 1994
- Director Immigration Research West
- Editor Journal of International Migration and Integration
Media Appearances (15)
Winnipeg cops saddened by Dallas tragedy
Winnipeg Sun online
Race issues are clearly a factor in the shootings but it is the particular circumstances of the shooter or shooters that are most relevant, said Lori Wilkinson, a University of Manitoba sociology professor and race relations expert.
“With any kind of incident like this you have to look at the individual and their mindset,” Wilkinson said. “To actually murder somebody is a step that even the most angry people on both sides wouldn’t take.”
Winnipeggers positive about immigration: poll
Winnipeg Free Press online
A Probe Research Inc. survey conducted this spring and released in time for Canada Day found that six in 10 respondents described immigration as having a positive effect compared to just six per cent who perceived it as having a negative effect.
"I’m not surprised," said Lori Wilkinson, a University of Manitoba sociology professor and editor-in-chief of the Journal of Migration and Integration. Winnipeg is similar to other Canadian cities, she said from Berlin where she's meeting with German counterparts to talk about Syrian refugees, immigration systems and conducting longitudinal surveys.
Op-ed: Gates to prosperity: Welcoming Syrian refugees fuels economy
Winnipeg Free Press online
MANY people wonder why Canada is opening its doors for Syrian refugees when there is so much poverty, inequality and injustice in our own society. Leaving aside Canada’s moral and international legal obligations, critics of the refugees argue that they are an unnecessary expense. What most don’t realize, however, is that refugees are actually an economic benefit to our country.
It's true there is an initial economic cost we must bear to get them successfully settled and integrated, but over the long run, the short-term costs are overwhelmingly offset by the long-term economic benefits.
Winnipeg a diverse city of cultural change
MetroNews Canada online
There’s a deep history behind every cultural group in Winnipeg that contributes to the city’s cultural diversity.
Twenty-two per cent of Winnipeg residents were born outside of Canada. It’s a number that’s hovering at the national average, says Lori Wilkinson, a professor in the department of sociology at the University of Manitoba, who specializes in immigration and race relations.
“One year after arrival: Syrian refugees continue to face employment barriers”
Globe and Mail online
Part of a series on refugee resettlement in Canada, this story from the Globe and Mail identifies the barriers to finding employment among the newly arrived refugees.
Sudanese refugee studying at the U of M discusses struggles and achievements
The Manitoban online
This article examines the experiences of refugees in Canada and includes helpful information about the challenges refugees may face when leaving their country and when they arrive in Canada.
Immigration in Western Canada
Radio Canada tv
A short news clip examining the challenges refugees face when arriving to Canada (in English)
What are the challenges refugees to Manitoba Face?
CBC Winnipeg tv
This interview discusses the settlement and services available to refugees in Manitoba.
What are the challenges refugees to Manitoba Face?
CBC Radio-Winnipeg radio
This short interview provides information about how refugees settle in Canada.
What do we need to know about academic integrity at the University of Manitoba?
University of Manitoba online
This video provides information on why professors should care about academic integrity at their institutions
Trust and Academic Integrity Closely Linked
UM Today online
This Op-Ed article encourages students and professors to think about why academic integrity is important both within the university and outside the university
Comments on Dallas shootings
Roundhouse Radio radio
A short interview about racism, police and the Black Lives Matter movement in the US
Refugees: What do we know?
CTV News Morning Live tv
A short interview examining life in refugee camps and dispelling myths about refugees in Canada.
Research coalition to examine the experiences of refugee children
University Affairs/Affaires universitaires online
A description of the Children and Youth Refugee Research Coalition team and their research on refugees in Canada.
Une étude pour évaluer les services offerts aux immigrants francophones
Radio Canada-Edmonton radio
An interview about the unique settlement needs of French speaking immigrants in Canada's western region
Based on narrative data recently collected from youth's in three Canadian cities, our paper focuses on second generation perceptions of youth's identifications in a society increasingly influenced by the forces of globalization and how these perceptions may or ...
This paper examines the labor market experiences of immigrant-born, refugee-born, and Canadian-born youth using two data sets, the 1998 Survey on Labour and Income Dynamics and the 1998 Refugee Resettlement to Alberta Survey. Its main objective is to understand their job experiences as they are crucial to their integration and transition to adulthood. On a practical level, the findings help front-line service providers by providing additional information about the employment-related needs of newcomer youth...
The influence of intersecting identity markers on the life chances of individuals has become a central concern to policymakers and academics. Governing bodies and various social institutions have a vested interest in accommodating ...
This study examines the education experiences of refugee youth in Canada. Using data obtained from a random sample of 91 refugee youths between the ages of 15 and 21, plus data from 123 of their parents, the purpose of this study is to identify the factors influencing ...
This study explores issues of access to high-status occupations in the Canadian labour market, with particular emphasis on refugees who were in professional or managerial positions prior to their arrival in Canada. The study is based on interviews with a sample of 525 adult refugees who were initially resettled in the province of Alberta between 1992 and 1997...
This article compares the job status decline among immigrants and refugees using their entrance class, province of residence and sex. Typically, all immigrants experience job status decline (the difference between the job they have in Canada and the job they had prior to migrating). The amount of decline is greatest for family class and refugees. There are sex and provincial differences. (article is forthcoming)
This note examines the country of origin among sociology professors in Canadian universities in Canada.
This paper examines the school to work transitions among a group of Canadians who arrived to Canada in their teens or as children. The prevailing notion is that those having acquired an education in Canada will have better labour market outcomes than those whose education comes from elsewhere. Our data shows this is not the case
This paper examines the lived experiences of 82 former immigrant and refugee adults currently living in Canada with a focus on their labour market histories. All have worked in Canada for decades and reflect on their experiences finding work, getting promoted and other aspects related to being an immigrant in the labour market.
This article uses data collected in 2013 to examine the degree to which immigrants and refugees experience a decline in their job status when they move to Canada. Many immigrants experience a decline in their labour market outcomes when they move to a new country and Canada is no exception.
This chapter, co-authored with David Ponka, which appears in the forthcoming (2017) book, Migration, Health and Survival: International Perspectives (edited by Frank Trovato), examines the unique mental health issues of immigrant children, refugee children, immigrant adults and refugee adults. It aims to debunk myths about refugees and mental health by using data from several sources.
This short article appears in Understanding the 2016 Election in Manitoba, edited by Barry Ferguson, Royce Koop, Karine Lavasseur and Andrea Rounce. It explains why immigrants and immigration are important electoral constituencies, even in a provincial election.
This paper uses data from the 2013 General Social Survey to examine generation status on experiences of discrimination and well-being among youth in Canada. It finds an interesting connection: youth who experience discrimination actually have higher rates of belonging to Canada... a connection I'm continuing to follow in my current research.
This chapter is part of a book entitled Reading Sociology, edited by Patrizia Albanese and Lorne Tepperman. Here, I explore some of the most salient features of racism in Canada today.
This chapter is part of a forthcoming book called Questioning Sociology, edited by George Pavlich and Myra Hird. In it, I examine various aspects of the integration process.
Much of the research on the economic integration of immigrants focuses on the immediate and short-term experiences. This paper examines the long-term trajectories of immigrants in the Canadian labour market.
This chapter, co-written with Yvonne Hebert and Mehrunissa Ali, appears in Adolescent Behaviour. It uses photoscape to measure the feelings of inclusion and fear among first-, second- and third-generation high school students living in Calgary, Toronto and Winnipeg.
This chapter appears in Sean Hier, Daniel Lett and B. Singh Bolaria's book Racism, Identity and Justice: Dialogue on the Politics of Inequality and Change. It overviews the use of intersectional theory on understanding racism and identity formation in Canada.
This research appears in Sandra Rollings-Magnusson's book Between Terrorism and Human Rights. In it, I examine the fine line between human rights and social cohesion.
This chapter, co-authored with Yvonne Hebert, looks at the link between social science curriculum and public policy on citizenship rights.
In this research, Dr Hebert and I explore how education can and does contribute to the development of citizenship and participation among youth in Canada.
This research examines aspects and markers of social integration among refugee youth in Canada.
This report, co-written with Yvonne Hebert, was commissioned by the European Union. In it, we describe citizenship education and curriculum in Canada. It was subsequently republished in French and Spanish
Co-authored with Morton Weinfeld, this chapter examines the social institutions and their work in integrating immigrants into the Canadian economy, culture and society.
This forthcoming article, co-authored with Jack Jedwab, examines the economic outcomes of refugees in Canada.
This article, co-authored with four graduate students, identifies the factors that influence access to settlement services among immigrants and refugees in Canada.
This article, co-authored with Jill Bucklaschuk and Janine Bramadat, explores the use of settlement services among immigrants and refugees living in western Canada.
This article questions how schools create curriculum to enhance values and citizenship education in Canada
Together with my graduate student, Alison Kalischuk, we explore the demographic trends of migration to Canada's smaller rural centres.