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Welcome to TMCIS

The Toronto Metropolitan Centre for Immigration and Settlement (TMCIS) aims to be a leader in the transdisciplinary exploration of international migration, integration, and diaspora and refugee studies. In addition to supporting research in these areas, the Centre’s mission includes mentoring students and consolidating Toronto Metropolitan University’s reputation as the pre‐eminent site of knowledge development and exchange with governments, community organizations, and other academics.


Immigrant Entrepreneurship and Foodways in Scarborough: Strengthening Community Food Security and Resilience  (opens in new window) 

The seminar is co-hosted by the Toronto Metropolitan Centre for Immigration and Settlement (TMCIS) and the Centre for Studies in Food Security (CSFS)


Join us for an enriching exploration of ethnic and immigrant food experiences, where we delve into discussions around food access, food culture and food liberation across the life course. Our discussions explore diverse narratives about food experiences, how food access and practice shift and change throughout one’s life and how those changes can be unique to one’s cultural background. We look at the experiences of children and youth in the context of school lunchrooms; the cultural, financial, and systemic factors that influence food access for international students; engaging young adults in food sovereignty; and the cultural appropriateness of food in seniors’ congregate dining settings and meal delivery programs.


Yukari Seko - Associate Professor, School of Professional Communication
Sutama Ghosh - Associate Professor, Department Of Geography and Environmental Studies.
Ekow Stone - Farmer and Educator, Giving Farms  & Youth Engagement Coordinator, FoodShare

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact

Bridging Theory and Practice: ISS Alumni Insights on Migration Studies and Career Pathways

Bridging Theory and Practice: ISS Alumni Insights on Migration Studies and Career Pathways

This event is co-hosted by the Toronto Centre for Immigration and Settlement and the Master of Arts in Immigration and Settlement Studies program. 

Moderator: Samantha DeBoer ('16)

Panelists: Georgiana Mathurin ('23), Haanya Lone ('23)

The panel discussion brings together recent ISS alumni to share their insights on the MRP process, migration studies, career pathways, and opportunities for academic publication. Join us for an engaging discussion with ISS alumni, Faculty, and the TMCIS team. Register to attend and enjoy the opportunity to network and learn over lunch!

Latest Publications

Working paper no. 2024/04

Ethnic Diversity, Immigrant Settlement and Integration, and Municipal Planning in a Small Canadian City: The Case of Brooks, Alberta

Ryan Lok (University of Waterloo), Dr. Zhixi Zhuang (Toronto Metropolitan University)

Working paper no. 2024/03

Enhancing Workplace Integration of Canadian Newcomers through Social Media.

Masoud Kianpour (Toronto Metropolitan University)

Working paper no. 2024/02

Urban sanctuary in Canadian mid-sized cities.

Jessica D. Jung, Graham Hudson & Harald Bauder (Toronto Metropolitan University)

Working paper no. 2024/01

Exploring AI-Powered Migration Management in Canada through the Prisms of Algorithmic Governmentality, Technosolutionism, and Critical Data Studies.

Hassibullah Roshan (Toronto Metropolitan University)

Working paper no. 2023/07

Embodying the deported spectacle in Tijuana. The lived experiences of Mexican deported men who stay in temporary male-exclusive shelters in Tijuana.

Renato de Almeida Arão Galhardi (Universidad Iberoamericana)

Working paper no. 2023/06

The role of images in migration governance. A proposed new theoretical framework and methodological approach

Alice Massari (Toronto Metropolitan University and University of Copenhagen)

Spotlight on migration no. 2020/4

'Safe' countries and 'fraudulent' refugees: Tools for narrowing access to Canada’s refugee system

Chantel Spade & Tearney McDermott, Ryerson University

Research brief no. 2020/1

Private sponsorship in refugee admission: Standard in Canada, trend in Germany?

Vanessa Pohlmann & Helge Schwiertz, University of Osnabrück

Dr. Zhixi Zhuang, Academic Director, TMCIS

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Recent and Upcoming Events

TMCIS occupies space in the traditional and unceded territory of nations including the Anishnaabeg, the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee, and the Wendat peoples, and territory which is also now home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples. This territory is covered by Treaty 13 signed with the Mississaugas of the Credit, as well as the Williams Treaties signed with multiple Mississaugas.