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Social Science Emigration & Immigration

The Invisible Community

Being South Asian in Quebec

edited by Mahsa Bakhshaei, Marie Mc Andrew, Ratna Ghosh & Priti Singh

McGill-Queen's University Press
Initial publish date
Feb 2021
Emigration & Immigration, Asian Studies
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The South Asian population in Canada, encompassing diverse national, ethnic, and religious backgrounds, has in recent years become the largest visible minority in the country. As this community grows, it encounters challenges in settlement, integration, and development.

Accounting for only 1 per cent of the population in Quebec, the South Asian community has received limited attention in comparison with other minority groups. The Invisible Community uses recent data from a variety of fields to explore who these immigrants are and what they and their families require to become members of an inclusive society. Experts from Canadian and international universities and governmental and community agencies describe how South Asian immigrants experience life in French-speaking Canada. They look at how members of the community integrate into the job market, how they manage socially and emotionally, how their religious values are affected, and how their children adapt to French-speaking and English-speaking schools.

The Invisible Community shares lived experiences of different subgroups of the South Asian population in Quebec in order to better understand wider social, political, and educational contexts of immigration in Canada.

About the authors

Mahsa Bakhshaei is a senior research scientist with the Learning Sciences Research Team at Digital Promise.

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Marie Mc Andrew is emeritus professor in the Faculty of education at the Université de Montréal.

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Ratna Ghosh is James McGill Professor and William C. Macdonald Professor at McGill University, where she was also Dean of the Faculty of Education. The recipient of several awards from national and international organizations, she was featured in Time magazine as one of “Canada’s Best in Education.”

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Priti Singh is chairperson and associate professor at the Centre for Canadian, United States, and Latin American Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University.

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Editorial Reviews

"The Invisible Community is a timely addition to the literature on immigrant integration in Quebec. The South Asian population of Quebec is generally understudied and this book helps fill that gap, providing English-language readers with valuable insights into the complexities of both community life and individual lives." Victor Satzewich, McMaster University and author of Racism in Canada

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