Stay or go?

Stay or go?

Research group to study international student transition to permanent residency in Sherbrooke’s English community

By William Crooks

Local Journalism Initiative

The Social Research and Demonstration Corporation (SRDC), a non-profit organization dedicated to social research, is collaborating with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) on a study focusing on the transition of international students in Canada to permanent residency.

The study particularly emphasizes the experiences of students in Official Language Minority Communities (OLMCs) such as Sherbrooke, a city with a notable population of former students from Bishop’s University and Champlain College who have transitioned to permanent residency, according to an April 25 release.

The SRDC’s research seeks to understand the factors that influence international students’ decisions to remain in Canada. To gather comprehensive data, the organization is conducting a survey and follow-up interviews with international students at Bishop’s University (BU) and Champlain College. These efforts aim to uncover the motivations and challenges these students face when deciding to settle permanently in Canada.

The findings from this research are expected to be instrumental in shaping immigration policies and initiatives designed to attract and retain international talent in communities like Sherbrooke.

Participants in the study, which has received ethics approval from BU, will complete a brief, five-minute survey to express their interest, followed by a semi-structured interview lasting between 60 to 90 minutes. As a token of appreciation for their participation, they will receive a $50 gift card.

The SRDC encourages international students to engage in this important study by visiting this survey link:

A one-page brochure with more details about the project is available for interested parties.

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