Canadian Immigration Policies and Family Reunification: Implications for Social Work

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Webinar event date

Jul 17, 2020 1:30 pm EDT

Webinar Presenters

Dr. Beth Martin
M.S.W.
 
Dr. Beth Martin, B.S.W., M.S.W., currently teaches in the School of Social Work at Carleton University. Her practice and research interests revolve around immigration and international social work particularly in relation to family separation and reunification.Since 2007, Beth has worked on a number of projects and programs for the Red Cross; these have included completing needs assessments and capacity assessments for the Restoring Family Links program in Canada, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and the Democratic Republic of Congo, as well as emergency response work in Germany at the height of the refugee movement in 2015.Her MSW research looked at the experiences of families who migrate alone, while her PhD research investigated the experiences of families trying to reunite in Canada through the Family Class stream of immigration, exposing many gaps between policy and lived experience and a number of areas of overlap with social work practice.
 
Dr. Melissa Redmond
M.S.W
 
Dr. Melissa Redmond, M.S.W, BCL, LLB, B.S.W. is an Assistant Professor at Carleton University’s School of Social Work in Ottawa, Canada. In addition to child protection policy and practice, Dr. Redmond’s research interests include social service program access, children’s human rights and health promotion, poverty reduction strategies, culturalidentity and gender concerns.Dr. Redmond’s sole-authored and co-written articles have appeared inseveral peer-reviewedand non-academic publications. Melissa Redmond has worked as a social work practitioner, researcher and advocate invariedacademic, community and organizational settings.
 
Description
Drawing on the research and professional expertise of the presenters, this webinar will offer an overview of Canadian immigration policy; followed by a discussion of the effects of these regulations upon the lives of migrants separated from their family members. Drs. Martin and Redmond next explore the challenges and opportunities associated with social work with separated families and close by detailing how social workers can work towards the social justice aim of all families being able to live together.
 
 
The webinar will cover some of the following about Family Reunification:
 
  • Introduce participants to Canadian family reunification policies
  • Highlight the policies’ effects upon migrant clients
  • Explore social work’s role in immigration social policy development
  • Offer avenues for addressing social justice challenges and barriers faced by migrant families