CETA and mobility: killed after Wallonia vote

So this is it: my project got a major blow from the events around CETA in October. After over 15 months delay for other reasons, the compromise reached with Wallonia means that mobility arrangements, and especially recognition of qualifications, will be put aside for implementation on a later date. This is very unfortunate.

My study shows that recognition of qualifications and diplomas is the top priority for all Europeans moving to Canada, for shoter or longer time. They are notoriously discriminated on the Canadian labour market, which uses myriad of professional certifications to protect own workers. Even if Canadian employers privately agree that Europeans have similar level of qualifications and that education/professional practicies are very much the same, they still bloc labour market access.

To make things worse, there is a blunt discrimination between Europeans in Canada. French-Quebec agreement allowed over 100 professions and trades to be mutually recognized. Getting access to a profession in Quebec often opens the door to the rest of Canadian provinces. Also, British qualifications get often automatic recognition, simply because professional bodies in Canada have a very long history of working with British professionals and organisations from Britain.

Everybody else is left behind, wasting time to get qualifications recognised, often living in professional limbo for years. CETA was supposed to change this.

This is not Canadians who come to Europe en masse to work and need the recogniton, it is Europeans. And Wallonians make quite a big chunk of them. Belgium alone had no negotiating power to remove obstacles for mobility for its citizens, it could have done it only as a part of CETA. Now the Belgians, together with citizens of 25 other EU Member States, will have to wait many more years for anything to change.

Survey of Europeans Outside Europe launched!

If you are a European Union citizen living outside of the EU I am inviting you to participate in the survey. This is a part of my Marie Curie-funded research on contemporary emigration from Europe.

The survey is anonymous. Moreover, at the end of the survey you can enter a draw of 10 Amazon coupons 50 EUR each as a reward.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3CCHP63 

I hope you will find the survey both useful and stimulating!

Agnieszka Weinar

Final stages of the field work

So I entered the last month of my field research in Canada. Most of the interviewing is done, a paper based on that work are in the pipline. Unfortunately, due to the political turbulence with CETA, a shorter field work awaits down the road, probably next year.

Watch for the publications coming in autumn 2016 and in 2017.

Marie Curie event at Carleton University

LIVE STREAMING AT: http://carleton.ca/mpc/ces

This research workshop will focus on the integration issues facing migrants and refugees in Canada and in the countries of the European Union. Particular attention will also be paid to the given pathways available for migrants to enter the labour market. Labour market integration is perceived as an extremely important measure of integration, because it leads to successful resettlement and positive long-term integration outcomes for individual migrants, their families, and also for the host country. Yet, these outcomes can vary quite dramatically between different EU member states and Canada. In this context, some migrant groups may be perceived as being more privileged than other groups. The event will thus also explore integration issues of one such a seemingly privileged group in Canada, i.e. EU citizens.

 

Welcome remarks will be offered by Manfred Auster, Delegation of the European Union to Canada

 

Panelists will include Canadian and European experts: 

Howard Duncan, Metropolis International

Sona Kalantaryan, European University Institute

Ümit Kiziltan, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada

Oliver Schmidtke, University of Victoria

Agnieszka Weinar, Carleton University, European University Institute