A religion / migration nexus? Faith groups, immigration policy, and public opinion in Canada

March 6, 2019

Immigration to Canada has progressively changed the religious composition of the country, and stimulated a number of heated policy debates around questions of citizenship and belonging. Religious groups have also long been some of the most vocal advocates for family migration and refugee resettlement. At the same time, narratives of displacement, welcome, and belonging have largely ignored the experience and opinions of Indigenous populations.

This panel discussion examined how religion shaped migration and vice versa: How faith groups influenced immigration patterns and policy? How was immigration changing religion in a secular Canadian society? And how did Indigenous experiences of displacement inform us about popular narratives of welcome?


  • Michael Donnelly (discussant) Assistant Professor of Political Science and Public Policy

  • Shachi Kurl Executive Director of the Angus Reid Institute

  • Geoffrey Cameron  (MPhil, PhD) Research Associate with the Global Migration Lab

  • Sadia Rafiquddin  freelance writer, broadcaster and photographer focusing on human rights stories for various organizations