Immigrant students pick up our bad habits: report

BY CATHERINE SOLYOM, GAZETTE EDUCATION REPORTER JANUARY 21, 2014

A report released Tuesday by the Institut de la Statistique du Québec revealed that students born outside of Canada or to parents born abroad were less likely to smoke, drink and have sex. But the longer they lived in Quebec, the more likely they were to adopt these typically Canadian behaviours.

Immigrant students pick up our bad habits: report.

The full report is available here.

Invisible Children

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For many illegal immigrants who have children, one of their main concerns is access to schooling. Without valid documentation, the parents are often forced to pay school fees for their children, which is not always possible. Some parents decide not to send their children to school, out of fear of being identified. In the cases where the school admits a child without papers, they do not receive a student number (“permanent code” in Quebec), which affects their access to a diploma at the end of their studies. Doubly vulnerable due to their their illegal status and their age, these children are effectively invisible within the education system.
A group formed of organizations such as the Centre des travailleurs immigrants, La Mission communiautaire de Montréal and La Commission des droits de la personne, along with other researchers and smaller community organizations combined their efforts with the goal of obtaining access to education for all children in Quebec, regardless of status.
Before the new school year began in Fall 2013, the group was met with their first achievement: the Ministry of Education put forward certain measures to allow more children without status into Quebec schools and to be given a permanent code. This access is limited to only certain categories of youth, but the group is buoyed by their progress and by the opening of dialogue with the government.
A feature in French about Francesca Meloni, one of the members of the group working for access to education for children without status, can be found on the Sherpa Recherche site here. You can also read Meloni’s PhD thesis in English, Living with Uncertainty: An Ethongraphic Study on the Agency and Belonging of Undocumented Youth in Canada here.

Dr. Cécile Rousseau on how identity affects mental health

The CBC speaks with Dr. Cécile Rousseau about psychiatry’s move toward integrating culture in training and psychiatric practices. Listen here for a fascinating dialogue about how this important aspect of identity is impacting the Canadian mental health context.  Dr. Rousseau is a professor in the Division of Social and Transcultural Psychiatry at McGill University in Montreal where she directs the Transcultural Child Psychiatry Clinic. She is also a member of the MMHRC steering committee.