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An Age of Migration: Introduction to Human Migration

In this one-time class, the learner will be introduced to the basics of why people move from country to country in the world today.
Mikael Hellstrom, Ph.D.
85 total reviews for this teacher
New class
year old learners
US Grade Level
learners per class


Charged upfront
Meets once
55 minute class

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Class Experience

I have 20+ years of working in the sector/researching this topic, and wrote my dissertation on settlement service delivery for newcomer immigrants.
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
55 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
We will refer to findings from a number of scientific sources, including, but not limited to:

2015. Immigration Settlement Services and Gaps in CIC’s Western Region, Rural Development Institute, May, Brandon University.
Akkaymak, Guliz. 2017. A Bourdieuian Analysis of Job Search Experiences of Immigrants in Canada. Int. Migration & Integration 18:657–674
Belkhodja, C. 2009. Toward a more welcoming community? Observations on the Greater Moncton Area.
Plan Canada (Special Edition), Canadian Institute of Planners, 96–98.
Biles, J., M. Burstein, and J. Frideres (eds). 2008. Immigration and Integration in Canada in the Twentyfirst Century. Montreal & Kingston: McGill-Queens’s University Press.
Bower, J. 2020. Exploring Innovative Migrant Integration Practices in Small and Mid-Sized Cities across Canada. Ryerson Centre for Immigration and Settlement (RCIS) and the CERC in Migration and Integration. Working Paper Series No. 7.
Caplan, Bryan. Open borders: the science and ethics of immigration. First Second, 2019.
Carr, P. J., Lichter, D. T., & Kefalas, M. J. 2012. Can immigration save small-town America? Hispanic boomtowns and the uneasy path to renewal. The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 64(1), 38–57.
Carter, T., Morrish, M. and Amoyaw, B. 2008. Attracting Immigrants to Smaller Urban and Rural Communities: Lessons Learned from the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program. Int. Migration & Integration, 9:161–183
Colic-Peisker, V. and Tilbury, F. 2007. Integration into the Australian Labour Market: The Experience of Three “Visibly Different” Groups of Recently Arrived Refugees. International Migration Vol. 45 (1).
Danso, R. 2002. From 'There' to 'Here': An investigation of the initial settlement experiences of Ethiopian and Somali refugees in Toronto. GeoJournal 56: 3-14.
De Haas, Hein, Stephen Castles, and Mark J. Miller. The age of migration: International population movements in the modern world. Bloomsbury Publishing, 2019.
Donato, K. M., Charles,M., Tolbert, I. I., Nucci, A., & Kawano, Y. (2007). Recent immigrant settlement in the nonmetropolitan United States: Evidence from internal census data. Rural Sociology, 72(4), 537–559.
Esses, V. M.,. Hamilton, L. K., Bennett-AbuAyyash C., and Burstein, M. 2010. Characteristics of Welcoming Community. Report prepared for the Integration Branch of Citizenship and Immigration Canada.
Feist, H, Tan, G., McDougall, K, and Hugo, G. 2015. Enabling Rural Migrant Settlement: A Case Study of the Limestone Coast. Inquiry into Migrant Settlement Outcomes Submission 10 – Exhibit: Australian Population and Migration Research Centre.
Fonseca, M. L. (2008). New waves of immigration to small towns and rural areas in Portugal. Population, Space and Place, 14, 525–535.
Guo, S. 2009. Difference, Deficiency, and Devaluation: Tracing the Roots of Non-Recognition of Foreign Credentials For Immigrant Professionals in Canada. CJSAE/RCÉÉA 22,1 November/Novembre.
Hugo, G. (2008). Immigrant settlement outside of Australia’s capital cities. Population, Space and Place, 14, 553–571.
Krahn, H., Derwing, T. M., & Abu-Laban, B. (2005). The retention of newcomers in second- and third-tier Canadian cities. International Migration Review, 39(4), 872–894.
Jensen, L. (2006). New immigrant settlements in rural America: Problems, prospects and policies. In Reports on Rural America. Durham: Carsey Institute, University of New Hampshire.
McDonald, J. T., Cruickshank, B., and Liu, Z. 2018. Immigrant retention in NB: an analysis using administrative Medicare Registry data. Journal of Population Research (2018) 35:325–341.
Pepworth, J. and Nash, M. 2009. Finding ‘a safe place to cry’: A review of research and evidence informing social work with refugees and new settlers in Aotearoa New Zealand, AOTEAROA NEW ZEALAND SOCIAL WORK, Issue 1 and 2.
Putnam, R. D. (2007). E pluribus unum: Diversity and community in the twenty‐first century the 2006 Johan Skytte Prize Lecture. Scandinavian political studies, 30(2), 137-174.
Simich, L, Beiser, M. and Mawani, F.N. 2003. Social Support and the Significance of Shared Experience in Refugee Migration and Resettlement. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 2003, 25(7), 872-891.
Valade, M Y. 2019. From Immigrant-Friendly to Immigrant-Competent: Improving the Immigrant “Dating Game” of Smaller Communities. Migration in Remote and Rural Areas (MIRRA) Research and Policy Briefs Series, March.
Wulff, M., Carter, T., Vineberg, R. & Ward, S. (2008). Special issue: Attracting new arrivals to smaller cities and rural communities: Findings from Australia, Canada and New Zealand. Journal of International Migration and Integration, 9(2):119-124.


Mikael Hellstrom, Ph.D.
Lives in Canada
Game-based learning pioneer
85 total reviews
146 completed classes

About Me

I teach social studies and role-playing games. I have 35 years of experience as a Game-master of table-top roleplaying games and Live-Action Roleplay organizer and facilitator for people of ages 7+. I used that experience in my teaching,... 
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