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Lecture: "French-Speaking African Immigrants in Ontario Entrepreneurship Resilience and Integration" (African Week)

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Carole Weinstein International Center, Carole Weinstein International Commons
211 Richmond Way
University of Richmond, VA 23173
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Presented by Professor Virginie Mesana, University of Ottawa.

The research documents the experiences of French-speaking immigrant entrepreneurs and self-employed workers outside the province of Quebec, in the following three regions: the Great Toronto Area (Ontario), the City of Ottawa (Ontario) and the City of Winnipeg (Manitoba). One of our key objectives is to better understand the challenges faced by newcomers as they try to enter a primarily English-speaking labour market or as they embark on an entrepreneurial journey in Canada. This research provides a rich and diverse portrait of French-speaking immigrants coming from many parts of the world. It specifically takes into account the experiences of visible minorities and of migrants from Africa. Our overall survey includes interviews with close to 40 participants, in addition to ethnographic observations and quantitative analysis based on data collected by Statistics Canada. The lecture at the University of Richmond will focus on key findings related to trajectories and stories of French-speaking African immigrants who are residing in Ontario.