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Seminar: How experience before migration shapes the civic participation of migrants – A Canadian case

By Professor Eric Fong, CUHK

Tue 10 Oct 2017
1:00pm - 2:15pm


Room 929, 9/F, The Jockey Club Tower, Centennial Campus

Following the analysis of life course and transnational migration literature, we argue that the level of civic engagement in the home country is related to level of voluntary association participation after immigration. We include diverse racial and ethnic groups in our analysis to reflect the racially diversified population of Canada. Using the 2008 Canadian Social Survey merged with the 2010 World Giving Index and 2007 Index of Democracy, we confirm the significant relationship of civic engagement in the home country and voluntary association participation after immigration, controlling for current socioeconomic and demographic characteristics.

The findings also show that significant relationships still remain among various socioeconomic and demographic characteristics after including the giving experience in the home country.

Eric Fong is a professor and Chair of the Department of Sociology at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is the inaugural Director of the Center on Migration and Mobility at CUHK. He is also Changjiang Chair Professor at Xi’an Jiaotong University.

Fong formerly served as President of the Canadian Population Society and the North America Chinese Sociologist Association, as well as Chair of the International Migration Section of the American Sociological Association. Fong publishes widely on race and ethnic residential patterns and immigration. His latest book with Brent Berry, Immigration and the City, was published by Polity Press in April 2017.

This talk is part of our Sociological forum seminar series. 

HKU Sociology

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