"But Where Are You From, Originally?" Immigrant Women and Integration in the Maritimes

  • Baukje Evangelia Miedema Tastsoglou Saint Mary's University
Keywords: Immigrant women, Integration (Citizenship)


This paper examines the process of integration as a complex, multi-faceted and gendered phenomenon that is substantially different for men than for women. We explore how volunteer community involvement provides immigrant women with a safe opportunity to explore, train and get acquainted with Canadian society, as this involvement serves as a means and a vehicle for immigrant women to break the isolation, make friends, enact citizenship through their activism for social change and even, sometimes, find employment. We also discuss reduced funding and its profoundly negative impact on the integration process of immigrant women into Canadian society.