Alberta In-Migration Study
It is well-known that Alberta experienced a significant boom in the late 1970's and early 1980's which led to rapid population growth through in-migration from other parts of Canada. In 1996 and subsequent years, this phenomenon appeared to be happening once again. During this latter time period, while Ontario and British Columbia were growing primarily because of international migration, Alberta was growing primarily because of internal or domestic migration. So the question was, who was moving to Alberta and why were they moving to Alberta. To say that people were moving to Alberta just because of job opportunities was only to beg the question about how movers were different from stayers, and how this in-migration was not only changing Alberta but was also changing the communities from which migrants had come. Indeed, this migration was potentially changing Canada.
Thus the migration to Alberta must be understood as a broader commentary on the nature of Canadian society. Migration is not random; it is selective and the purpose of this study is to understand the dynamics of this migration and how it is changing Canadian society.
The Alberta In-Migration Study is both a micro and a macro study. It is a micro study because it involved indepth interviews of perceptions, interpretations, and experiences of migrants; and it is a macro study because it asks the big picture questions about what this migration tells us about Canadian society and utilizes macro level data.
Journal Publications from the Study:
Harry H. Hiller, "Gateway Cities And Arriviste Cities: The Role Of Migration In Urban Change."
Prairie Forum 32(1)2007:47-66. (PDF)
Harry H. Hiller and Kendall McCaig, "Reassessing the Role of Partnered Women in Migration
Decision-Making and Migration Outcomes", Journal of Social and Personal Relationships
Harry H. Hiller and Linda DiLuzio, "The Interviewee And The Research Interview: Analyzing
A Neglected Dimension In Research." Canadian Review Of Sociology And Anthropology
Harry H. Hiller and Tara Franz, "New Ties, Old Ties, And Lost Ties: The Use Of The Internet
In Diaspora." New Media and Society 6(6)2004:731-752. (PDF)
Harry H. Hiller, Second Promised Land: Migration to Alberta and the Transformation of
Canadian Society, McGill/Queen’s University Press, 2009.