Immigrant Settlement and Transit Use in Canada: Patterns and Policy Implications

The large numbers of immigrants to North America have altered the demographic composition of, and contributed to the social complexity in, metropolitan areas. Much of the research on immigrants has centered on their economic assimilation or integration. However, the impact that immigrants have on the transportation system is limited in the literature. In this paper, the authors address this issue by focusing on two inter-related issues: the effect immigration has on metropolitan transportation infrastructure and the effect the governing structure in metropolitan areas have on immigrant settlement and integration. The authors use the City of Toronto as a case study to examine these issues. The implications for transit and immigration policies across different urban scales and levels of government are also discussed. The study concludes that transit needs to be recognized as a key ingredient for the success of the immigrant settlement process, which requires the involvement of all levels of government in the provision of modern and effective public transit services.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: DVD
  • Features: Maps; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 20p
  • Monograph Title: TRB 89th Annual Meeting Compendium of Papers DVD

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01154699
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 10-1302
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Jan 25 2010 10:34AM