Jeffrey G. Reitz Publications and Activities

Curriculum Vitae

Jeffrey G. Reitz CV, April 2017


Jeff has presented his research on “Muslim integration in France, Canada and Québec “ in a number of forums, including most recently at the City of New York Graduate Center where he was a Visiting Professor in the Advanced Research Collaborative in the fall term of 2017; at the Centre for Comparative Immigration Studies (CCIS) at the University of California, San Diego (November 2017); and at the annual conference of the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada which focused on the theme “Canadian Exceptionalism?  Are We Lucky or Are We Good?” in February 2017. Publications arising from this project are listed below, and indicated by an asterisk (*).

As well, a Munk School international workshop on this work was held on June 8, 2017, including sponsorship by the Consulate General of France in Toronto.  For the autumn term 2017, Jeff was appointed as Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the City University of New York Graduate Centre, where he continued to work on this project.  CUNY is home to a number of leading immigration scholars with a particularly strong focus on Europe/North American comparison.

Jeff’s research on Canada and Europe was quoted in an article in The Economist (January 18-24, 2014, p. 38) on ‘Canadian multiculturalism: the more the merrier; debates over immigration are often toxic. Not in Canada.’ More recently, The Economist (January 10, 2015) quoted Jeff on recent changes in Canadian immigration policy, in ‘Canada’s immigration policy: no country for old men’. His recent publication on gender inequality among religious minorities (see article in Ethnic and Racial Studies, 2016, below) was featured in a U of T press release , and then became the basis for an article in the Toronto Star .

The Harney Program, in collaboration with the Diversity Institute and Hire Immigrants at Ryerson University, released a new study of employment discrimination in Canada at an event held January 25, 2017.  The study is entitled “Do large organizations treat racial minorities more fairly?  A new analysis of Canadian field experiment data,” with co-authors Rupa Banerjee (Ryerson Management), Jeff Reitz and Phil Oreopoulos (U of T Economics),  drawing on an earlier study by Phil.  The event featured a presentation of the research by Rupa, and a panel discussion moderated by Senator Ratna Omidvar.  Read more about the study and the event here.

The event and the report were covered in a front page story in the Toronto Star

Also related to employment, Jeff presented a talk on “The Role of Employers in Immigrant Selection” in a plenary session of the 4th Annual Pathways to Prosperity National Conference, on the theme of “Shaping Immigration to Canada: Learning from the Past and a Vision for the Future,” held in Ottawa in December 2016. A video of the presentation is available here.

Jeff has presented a lecture on “Sociology of Multiculturalism: Evidence from Canada in Comparative perspective,” for several groups and you can watch a presentation before  the Intercultural Dialogue Institute in Toronto on March 13, 2014 here.




Migrant Minorities in France, Quebec and Canada: Social, Economic and Political Integration
Les minorités migrantes en France, au Québec et au Canada: intégration sociale, économique et politique



*Marie-Pier Joly and Jeffrey G. Reitz, “Emotional Stress and the Integration of Muslim Minorities in France and Canada”, International Migration Review, published online April 5, 2018; available here.

Rupa Banerjee, Jeffrey G. Reitz and Phil Oreopoulos,”Do Large Employers Treat Racial Minorities More Fairly? An Analysis of Canadian Field Experiment Data,” Canadian Public Policy / Analyse de politiques, published online, March 2018. This article is open access, and available here (available also in pdf version here).  A press release was issued by the journal, available here

*Jeffrey G. Reitz, “Multicultural Nation-building and Canada’s Future: Implications of Comparative Research.” Pp. 27-40 in Immigration and the Future of Canadian Society, ed. By Robert Brym (Oakville, ON: Rock’s Mills Press, 2017.

*Jeffrey G. Reitz, Patrick Simon and Emily Laxer, “Muslims’ social inclusion and exclusion in France, Québec and Canada: Does national context matter?” Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 43:15, 2473-2498, DOI: 10.1080/1369183X.2017.1313105.

Jeffrey G. Reitz, “Toward empirical comparison of immigrant integration across nations,” Ethnic and Racial Studies 39,13 (2016) 2338-45; review essay in symposium on Richard Alba and Nancy Foner’s Strangers no More.

Edward Grabb, Jeffrey G. Reitz, Monica Hwang (eds.).  Social Inequality in Canada: Dimensions of Disadvantage, 6th edition.  Scarborough: Oxford University Press, 2016.

*Alexandra Kassir and Jeffrey G. Reitz, “Protesting headscarf ban: a path to becoming more French? A case study of ‘Mamans toutes égales’ and ‘Sorties scolaires avec nous,’” Ethnic and Racial Studies,39,15 (2016): 2683-2700. Methodological appendix posted here.

Anil Verma, Jeffrey G. Reitz and Rupa Banerjee, “Unionization and Income Growth of Racial Minority Immigrants in Canada:  A Longitudinal Study,” International Migration Review 50,3 (2016): 667-698.

*Jeffrey G. Reitz, “The Status of Muslim Minorities Following the Paris Attacks,” pp. 21-27 in After the Paris Attacks: Responses in Canada, Europe, and Around the Globe, ed. by Edward M. Iacobucci and Stephen J. Toope, Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2015.

Jeffrey G. Reitz, Mai Phan, and Rupa Banerjee, “Gender Equity in Canada’s Newly-Growing Religious Minorities,” Ethnic and Racial Studies, 38:5 (April 2015): 681-699.

Jeffrey G. Reitz, “Multiculturalism Policies and Popular Multiculturalism in the Development of Canadian Immigration,” pp. 107-26 in The Multiculturalism Question: Debating Identity in 21st Century Canada, ed. by Jack Jedwab. Kingston and Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2014

Jeffrey G. Reitz, “Canada: New Initiatives and Approaches to Immigration and Nation Building,” pp. 88-116 in Controlling Immigration: A Global Perspective, 3rd Edition, ed. J.F. Hollifield, P.L. Martin, and P.M. Orrenius. Stanford CA: Stanford University Press, 2014

Jeffrey G. Reitz & Josh Curtis & Jennifer Elrick, “Immigrant Skill Utilization: Trends and Policy Issues”, Journal of International Migration and Integration, 15,1 (2014): 1-26.

Jeffrey G. Reitz, “Closing the Gaps Between Skilled Immigration and Canadian Labour Markets,” pp. 147-163 in Wanted and Welcome?: Policies for Highly Skilled Immigrants in Comparative Perspective, ed. P. Triadafilopoulos. New York: Springer, 2013. An earlier draft of this paper was presented at a seminar on Labor Markets in North America: Challenges and Opportunities in an Aging Workforce,” organized by the North American Commission for Labor Cooperation and the Centre de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE),Mexico City, November 13, 2006.

Jeffrey G. Reitz, “Managing Immigration and Diversity in Canada and Quebec: Lessons for Spain?” Pp. 59-82 in Managing Immigration and Diversity in Canada: A Transatlantic Dialogue in the New Age of Migration. Edited by Dan Rodríguez-García, Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, Queen’s Policy Studies Series, #74, 2012.

Jeffrey G. Reitz, « Gestió de la immigració i la diversitat al Canadà i al Quebec: lliçons per a Espanya? » (Conferència inaugural), pp. 31-55 in Fòrum sobre la gestió de la immigració i la diversitat al Quebec i al Canadà (Managing Immigration and Diversity in Quebec and Canada Forum) Barcelona: Generalitat de Catalunya, Departament de Benestar Social i Família, Direcció General per a la Immigració. Col*lecció Ciutadania i Immigració, 2011. (Catalan translation of previous item.)

Jeffrey G. Reitz, “Economic Opportunity, Multiculturalism, and the Roots of Popular Support for High Immigration in Canada,” pp. 291-310 in Anti-immigrant sentiments, actions and policies in the NorthAmerican region and the European Union/ Sentimientos, acciones y políticas anti-inmigrantes en América del Norte y la Unión Europea, Edited by Mónica Verea, Center for Research on North America, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (CISAN-UNAM), Mexico City, 2012.

Jeffrey G. Reitz, “The Distinctiveness of Canadian immigration experience,” Patterns of Prejudice, 46:5 (2012), 518-538.

Jeffrey G. Reitz, “Pro-immigration Canada: Social and Economic Roots of Popular Views.” IRPP Study, no. 20. Montreal: Institute for Research on Public Policy, 2011.

Jeffrey G. Reitz, Heather Zhang, and Naoko Hawkins,“Comparisons of the Success of Racial Miniority Immigrant Offspring in the United States, Canada and Australia,” Social Science Research 40,4 (July 2011):1051-66.

Jeffrey G. Reitz and Ye Zhang, “National and Urban Contexts for the Integration of the Immigrant Second Generation in the United States and Canada,” pp. 207-228 in The Next Generation: Immigrant Youth in a Comparative Perspective , edited by Richard Alba and Mary C. Waters (New York University Press, 2011).

Jeffrey G. Reitz, “En kritisk granskning av Kanadas exempel” (A critical investigation of the Canadian example,” pp. 113 – 139 in Kanadamodellen: hur invandring leder till job (The Canadian Model: How Migration Leads to Jobs), edited by Petter Jojem and Martin Adahl (Stockholm: FORES, 2011). Note: Publication of this Swedish book on Canadian immigration prompted an official delegation from Stockholm to schedule a presentation by, and meeting with, Prof. Reitz at the Munk School of Global Affairs on May 4, 2011.

Jeffrey G. Reitz, “Taxi Driver Syndrome: Behind-the-scenes immigration changes are creating new problems on top of old ones.” Literary Review of Canada, March 2011.

Jeffrey G. Reitz, “Selecting immigrants for the short term: Is it smart in the long run?” Policy Options, July/August 2010, Vol 31, No.7: 12-16. Institute for Research on Public Policy.

Jeffrey G. Reitz, “Getting past ‘yes’ or ‘no,’ our debate over multiculturalism needs more nuance.” Literary Review of Canada, July/August 2010.

Jeffrey G. Reitz, Rupa Banerjee, Mai Phan, and Jordan Thompson, “Race, Religion, and the Social Integration of New Immigrant Minorities in Canada,” International Migration Review, 43, 4 (Winter 2009): 695-726.

Jeffrey G. Reitz. “How to Better Use Canadian Immigrants’ Skills.” In Society in Question, 5th Canadian edition, edited by Robert Brym. Toronto: Nelson, 2008. Abridgement of “Tapping Immigrant Skills: New Directions for Canadian Immigration Policy,” Choices, 11,1 (February 2005): 1-18.

Jeffrey G. Reitz,“Does Canadian Experience in Immigrant Incorporation Have Lessons for Europe?” October 2006. Based on keynote address, Third Annual Conference of IMISCOE (International Migration, Integration, and Social Cohesion) network of excellence in European migration research, Vienna, September 5, 2006. Spanish translation published as “¿Puede ofrecer lecciones a Europa la experiencia canadiense de integración de los inmigrantes?” Vanguardia Dossier (Barcelona) 22 (January-March 2007): 38-46; special issue on Inmigrantes: El continente móvil.

Jeffrey G. Reitz, “Immigrant Employment Success in Canada, Part I: Individual and Contextual Causes,” Journal of International Migration and Integration 8,1 (2007): 11-36.

Jeffrey G. Reitz, “Immigrant Employment Success in Canada, Part II: Understanding the Decline,”Journal of International Migration and Integration 8,1 (2007): 37-62.

Jeffrey G. Reitz and Rupa Banerjee, “Racial Inequality, Social Cohesion, and Policy Issues in Canada.” In Belonging? Diversity, Recognition and Shared Citizenship in Canada, edited by Keith Banting, Thomas J. Courchene, and F. Leslie Seidle. Montreal: Institute for Research on Public Policy, 2007. Pp. 489-545.

Jeffrey G. Reitz and Janet Lum. “Immigration and Diversity in a Changing Canadian City: Social Bases of Inter-group Relations in Toronto.” In Inside the Mosaic, edited by Eric Fong. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2006. Pp. 15-50.



Jeffrey G. Reitz, Raymond Breton, Karen K. Dion, and Kenneth L. Dion, Multiculturalism and Social Cohesion: Potentials and Challenges of Diversity, Springer 2009.

Does multiculturalism ‘work’? Does multiculturalism policy create social cohesion, or undermine it? Multiculturalism was introduced in Canada in the 1970s and widely adopted internationally, but more recently has been hotly debated, amid new concerns about social, cultural, and political impacts of immigration. Advocates praise multiculturalism for its emphasis on special recognition for cultural minorities as facilitating their social integration, while opponents charge that multiculturalism threatens social cohesion by encouraging social isolation. Multiculturalism is thus rooted in a theory of human behaviour, and this book examines the empirical validity of some of its basic propositions, focusing on Canada as the country for which the most enthusiastic claims for multiculturalism have been made. The analysis draws on the massive national Ethnic Diversity Survey of over 41,000 Canadians in 2002, the most extensive survey yet conducted on this question. The analysis provides a new and more nuanced understanding of the complex relation between multiculturalism and social cohesion, challenging uncritically optimistic or pessimistic views. Ethnic community ties facilitate some aspects of social integration, while discouraging others. For racial minorities, relations within and outside minority communities are greatly complicated by more frequent experiences of discrimination and inequality, slowing processes of social integration. Implications for multicultural policies emphasize that race relations present important challenges across Quebec and the rest of Canada, including for the new religious minorities, and that ethnic community development requires more explicit support for social integration. Click here for Springer’s website.



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