MA Research Paper


Master of Arts




Dr. Michael Haan


With a rapidly shrinking proportion of Canadians that live in rural areas, there have been some attempts to settle immigrants in rural communities. With few exceptions, these attempts in Canada have been unsuccessful. Nevertheless, the Mennonite people are considered to be a population that maintains their retention in rural areas with some success. The literature regarding this specific immigrant group is limited and lacks context of the economic environment of Canada today. It is in the interest of government policy to have a working and current understanding of Mennonites’ economic outcomes and retention in rural communities. The integration patterns of all immigrant groups are relevant to Canadian policy as well as for understanding the demographic changes in the growing population. As rural and remote areas experience depleting or stagnating populations, it is increasingly essential to have a working knowledge of the integration patterns of immigrant groups that live in these areas. In this study, I will focus on the economic outcomes of Mexican Mennonite immigrants in Canada to determine whether they integrate into Canadian society differently than immigrant groups that live in the same areas. The research question in this study will be which model of economic integration most appropriately fits the Canadian Mennonite experience? With a literature widely focused on the historical context of this diasporic immigrant group, little is known about their behaviour patterns in the current Canadian context.

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