Academics and Researchers

[Video] Confronting Hiring Bias: Discussion with the Honourable Ratna Omidvar (Employer Video)

Informed by new research findings, watch this video to hear the Honourable Ratna Omidvar lead a discussion with distinguished panelists to review hiring bias research, and explore pathways to solutions.

Asian job seekers face disadvantage even when they have higher degrees, study finds (News Story)

Canadian study found job applicants with Asian names and a master’s degree got fewer interview requests than counterparts with Anglo-Canadian names and only a bachelor’s degree.

Why Are Immigrants More Entrepreneurial? (News Story)

Interacting with two or more cultural contexts can help immigrants combine diverse ideas, solutions, and customer problems in order to create something entirely new.

What Comes First — Language or Work? (Employer Webinar)

Bias, whether conscious or unconscious, favours certain people in the hiring process based on superficial characteristics like name and place of education that have nothing to do with their talent or potential. This webinar will dive deeper to understand how and why this form of discrimination occurs. It will look at practical solutions being tested in the workplace to disrupt hiring bias. Join us on October 27 with guest speakers Phil Oreopoulos of the University of Toronto and Heidi Walker of GapJumpers.

Our Immigrants, Our Strength (News Story)

Investing in the integration of refugees and immigrants is not only the right thing to do, it is also the smart thing to do.

Canada faces big questions about the future of immigration (News Story)

Just because a job doesn’t require a university degree doesn’t mean the people who do it aren’t bringing value to the Canadian economy.

Should you change your name to get a job? (News Story)

The extreme measures some people take to fight hiring bias might surprise you. But some say it’s the only way.

6 charts which show the employment barriers faced by British Muslims (News Story)

Unemployment rates among Muslims are more than double that of any other community in the UK.

The Fed’s striking lack of diversity and why it matters (News Story)

Diversity of leadership strengthens the institution’s legitimacy, a key goal of the Federal Reserve System, given its inherent need to take politically unpopular actions.

We Just Can’t Handle Diversity (News Story)

Diversity improves performance, and people who apply themselves and do good work should be treated fairly.

When it comes to innovation, Canada’s biggest challenge may be Canadians (News Story)

Weak demographics is an obstacle to Canadian innovation. Immigration can help, but Canada needs to work harder to attract international talent.

Innovation Driver: Making the Business Case for Diversity (News Story)

Companies have a bottom-line incentive to promote policies that encourage diversity—increasingly seen as a tool to spur innovation.

Talent Competition: Cities in Global Tug-of-War (News Story)

“Cities are looking at who are the next generation of workers in their midst and who they can attract, and retain, from other places.”—Audrey Singer, Brookings Institution

Diversity: It’s good for your brain (News Story)

Why the trouble embracing diversity? People who don’t “fit in” mess with the mind’s model of how the world works, and if there’s one thing we’ve gleaned from 100 years of psychological science, it’s that the mind hates uncertainty, writes Richard Crisp.

Discrimination on the Training Market: Extent, Causes and Recommended Actions (Employer Report)

Bias in hiring is a problem without borders. In Germany’s job market, candidates with a German name have to submit an average of five applications while a fellow applicant with a Turkish name has to send seven.

Want to Get Richer? Accept Refugees (News Story)

A new Bloomberg survey of economists predicts that Germany, the biggest recipient of Syrian asylum seekers in the Western world, will get a 0.2 percent boost to its economic output next year if it takes in 800,000 refugees in 2015; that would be 12.5 percent of Germany’s expected 2016 growth.

Vienna Hotel Run By Refugees Integrates Newcomers Into Europe’s Workforce (News Story)

Europeans worry that the asylum-seekers who have flooded the continent this year will struggle to integrate and find work. A Vienna hotel is showing that newcomers can succeed.

Wind Mobile offering free phones, service to Syrian refugees (News Story)

Wind Mobile is teaming up with a local group to assist Syrian refugee families in their transition to life in Canada with free cell phones and service.

The Economist Global Diversity List recognizes Ratna Omidvar and the Global Diversity Exchange (News Story)

The Economist Global Diversity List is a comprehensive guide to organizations and individuals who are at the forefront of promoting diversity in human resources policy and practice. Ratna Omidvar and the Global Diversity Exchange are recognized in three separate categories.

Employers of Influence: Winners of the Canada’s Top 100 Employers competition for 2016 are announced (News Story)

Canada’s Top 100 Employers collectively employ almost three-quarters of a million Canadians, but their influence on the nation’s employment practices and working conditions extends far beyond.

No names, no bias? (News Story)

Ten big employers in the public and private sectors—including the civil service, HSBC and Deloitte—have agreed to start recruiting on a “name-blind” basis in Britain. But do they work?

New Migration Council with corporate heavyweights to fight for a bigger Australia (Article)

Business takes a leadership role in the newly formed Migration Council of Australia. The organisation seeks to build a bridge between those with an economic interest in a big Australia, and those with a social interest in a fair Australia.

A Migration Agenda for the Private Sector (Article)

As Europe’s refugee crisis continues to evolve, offers of assistance have been complemented by a broad-based response from the business community, writes migration expert Khalid Koser. This mobilization highlights not only the role that the private sector can play in managing migration, but also the importance of extending this engagement beyond the response to the immediate crisis.

Religious minorities in France face bias in hiring, new study finds (News Story)

A practising Muslim man is four times less likely to get a job interview in France than a Catholic counterpart, according to a new study by the Institut Montaigne.

The US should fix immigration and patents or kiss its innovation edge goodbye (News Story)

Some say the US is losing its innovation edge. The fear is that industrial and technological advancements in other countries—and in China in particular—threaten to leave the US behind.

A London bakery offers refugee women a way into work (News Story)

Charities team up with local business to generate jobs for newcomer refugees

British universities won’t be able to see applicants’ names anymore (News Story)

From 2017, the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service in the United Kingdom will remove names from university applications.

[New Research] Why Matthew but not Samir? Disrupting the Hiring Bias (Employer Webinar)

[New Research] This webinar has been updated with new research findings. In an exclusive event, Dr. Rupa Banerjee, co-author of the new research report, “Do Large Employers Treat Racial Minorities More Fairly”, reviews the research and explains the negative impacts on job-seekers and employers alike.

Explaining Chinese Restaurants, Korean Dry Cleaning, and Indian Motels (News Story)

A recent report from the National Bureau of Economic Research attempts to explain the phenomenon of the concentration of certain ethnicities in certain industries.

Net Benefits: How to Understand the Economic Impact of Migration (News Story)

To understand the economic stakes in Europe’s refugee crisis, start in an unlikely place: the South Pacific island of Tonga.

Canadian province of Nova Scotia seeks ‘entrepreneur’ immigrants with 2 new streams (News Story)

The Nova Scotia government is creating two new immigration streams aimed at attracting foreigners with money to invest.

Flush with jobs — and potential workers — Germany is stymied by this cultural quirk (News Story)

“Life is too short to learn German,” quipped Mark Twain. Now the German language is turning out to be more than just the butt of jokes. In a country desperately in need of workers, it is proving to be a stumbling block that prevents German companies from taking advantage of the flood of new arrivals.

Steps to Success: Integrating Immigrant Professionals in the United States (Employer Report)

How can communities unlock the full potential of immigrant professionals within their workforce? Which factors have influenced the economic success of foreign-educated immigrants in the U.S.? This report from WES Global Talent Bridge and IMPRINT details the results of a groundbreaking study on the experiences of immigrant professionals, and offers recommendations for more fully utilizing their talents and training.

Analysis: Do Migrants Take the Jobs of Native Workers? (Employer Report)

An analysis published by researcher Amelie F. Constant in the Germany-based IZA World of Labor tackles the question: Do migrants take the jobs of native workers? Constant finds the answer is no. And overall, the positive effects of immigration far outweigh the negative.

The most common surnames of new entrepreneurs in Italy are Hu, Chen, and Singh (News Story)

According to data collected by the chamber of commerce, the most common surnames of new entrepreneurs creating jobs in seven of the country’s biggest regions are not Italian.

Migrant networks and trade: The Vietnamese boat people as a natural experiment (News Story)

The share of US exports going to Vietnam over the period 1995-2010 was higher and more diversified in those states with larger Vietnamese populations, themselves the result of larger refugee inflows two decades beforehand.

Transnational Entrepreneurship: Q&A with Howard Lin (Article)

Cross-border activities increase “brain circulation.” For countries like Canada that see poor performance on innovation, and particularly on commercialization, transnational entrepreneurs present a unique opportunity.

Canada’s Start-Up Visa: Build-Measure-Learn (Article)

Can a government work like and with the private start-up sector to jump-start immigrant entrepreneurship, attract the “best and brightest” international entrepreneurs …

Canadian public opinion about immigration and multiculturalism (Employer Report)

A new study from the Environics Institute found multiculturalism continues to be seen as one of Canada’s most important symbols, and this view has strengthened since 2010.

How can we solve the global refugee crisis? (News Story)

Could multinational corporations hold the key to solving the world’s refugee crisis?

Square pegs: Entrepreneurs don’t fit within U.S. visa categories (News Story)

The United States doesn’t offer a startup visa that specifically allows entrepreneurs who meet certain requirements to come to or remain in the country.

Immigrant entrepreneurs launch over one in four new businesses (News Story)

While immigrants make up around 13 percent of the U.S. population, they play an outsize role in entrepreneurship and business formation relative to their overall numbers.

White House task force releases recommendations on immigration (News Story)

A White House task force on immigration released an “initial strategic plan” last week to help strengthen existing pathways to naturalization and promote entrepreneurial growth.

Countries with more migrants better at integrating them, OECD study finds (News Story)

Countries with larger migrant populations are paradoxically better at absorbing them into the workforce, a groundbreaking new report on integration within the world’s richest countries has revealed.

New tool for local governments on migrant entrepreneurship (News Story)

The DELI Assessment Tool aims to assist local governments to make an inventory of local policies and practices in support of migrant entrepreneurship and to measure performance against a set of Management Standards.

Discrimination and poor job prospects hit children of immigrants (News Story)

The OECD finds youth with immigrant parents experience nearly 50% more unemployment in the European Union than those with native-born parents.

Actually, Immigration Can Create Jobs (News Story)

Put more simply—if 1,000 new immigrants were to move in, the local economy would end up gaining about 1,200 new jobs. The researchers refer to this increased demand effect as a “shot-in-the-arm” for the local economy.

Participatory Planning Moves from Shut-Downs to Start-Ups (Article)

Natural entrepreneurs can be found in informal and marginalized communities. Recognizing and working with them, instead of penalizing them for entrepreneurial activities can revitalize a community.

More Than Money: Competitions and Awards Boost Immigrant Entrepreneurs (Article)

Competitions or awards spark new ideas, encourage innovation and reach new audiences within the sector.

Micro Loans as Start-up Finance for Immigrant Entrepreneurs (Article)

Access to capital is a common challenge faced by immigrant entrepreneurs. Micro loan models are popping up as a solution.

Cities Help Deliver the Immigrant Entrepreneur Value Proposition (Article)

How do cities re-charge their economic engines and stay competitive in a globalized economy? Embracing immigrant entrepreneurs and immigrant-owned small businesses leads to better outcomes not only for newcomers, but for cities themselves.

Entrepreneurship Starts at Home: How Research Can Inform Policy (Article)

The Kauffman Foundation’s Jason Wiens explains why the unique influences of location necessitate policy engagement with municipal leaders so that mayors are equipped with data and research-backed ideas to support entrepreneurs.

New Direction: Entrepreneurship (Article)

There is a growing body of knowledge on the value of immigrant entrepreneurship but also on the barriers faced by newcomers with a business idea. Along with the problems, there are solutions – found from immigration policy to local government support to targeted capital funds to entrepreneur mentoring programs. Here’s what we want to know.