National Belonging and Health Outcomes of Non-Citizens in Canada
Partnered with Professor Y.Y. Chen, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa, CCS received a Canadian Institute for Health Research (CIHR) Planning Grant in order to carry out research into the relationship between the national belonging and health outcomes of non-citizens in Canada. Our research will take place from 2017-2018.
Non-citizen residents in Canada are a heterogeneous population, ranging from long-term migrants to stateless persons born and raised in the country. Studies show that non-citizens in Canada are vulnerable to ill health, and multiple factors likely contribute to this. Theorists have posited that non-citizens' compromised national belonging may be one of the factors leading to their health vulnerability. Building on this premise, this project undertakes a series of planning and dissemination activities aiming at carrying out research for a future study on the relationship between non-citizen residents' belonging in Canada and their health.
Findings from this study will enable policymakers and service providers to better understand non-citizens' health and wellbeing, and to identify appropriate health interventions for them.