Immigrant retention in NB: an analysis using administrative Medicare Registry data
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This paper examines immigrant retention using a novel approach based on data contained in New Brunswick’s Medicare Registry database. To date, researchers studying immigrant retention in Canada have had only a few options with regard to suitable data, and each data source is characterized by limitations intrinsic to the nature of the data collection. These in turn raise caveats about the conclusions that can be drawn from analysis of those datasets. By demonstrating the utility and feasibility of another data source that to our knowledge has not previously been used for such a purpose, we are able to add new results to the existing literature, thereby improving our understanding of the extent of and characteristics underpinning immigrant retention in the host region as well as assess the robustness of published results based on data from other sources. The main objective of the paper is to improve the current understanding of secondary migration patterns of New Brunswick residents with the objective of increasing retention rates among vulnerable populations such as immigrants and refugees.
KeywordsImmigration Retention Administrative data
Funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council—Immigration, Refugees, Citizenship Canada Targeted Research Program on Syrian Arrival, Resettlement and Integration and from the SSHRC-funded Pathways to Prosperity Partnership (PI Victoria Esses) is gratefully acknowledged. This work was supported by the Department of Postsecondary Education, Training and Labour and the Department of Health of the Province of New Brunswick under a contract with the New Brunswick Institute for Research, Data, and Training at the University of New Brunswick. The results and conclusions are those of the authors and no official endorsement by the Government of New Brunswick was intended or should be inferred. Brent Cruickshank was supported by a graduate award funded by The Maritime SPOR SUPPORT Unit. MSSU recognizes Dalhousie University, Health Data Nova Scotia, the University of New Brunswick, the New Brunswick Institute for Research, Data and Training, the University of Prince Edward Island, the New Brunswick Department of Health, the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness, Health PEI, and the New Brunswick and the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundations for their important roles in this research.
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