Public Views of Immigration and Diversity: Causes and Consequences for Policy

For elected officials, the making of immigration policy can be a politically risky undertaking. Questions about immigration – how many should be allowed to come, who should be allowed to come, and on what terms – cut to the core of what political communities are about. In democratic societies, political elites mobilize public sentiment to gain office, and they depend on public support to stay there and, ultimately, make policy.

This project will bring together leading scholars of public opinion with policy practitioners to share and discuss cutting-edge work analyzing what people in modern, immigrant-receiving countries think about immigrants and immigration, why they think it, and how knowing the answers to these questions shapes the policy-making process. Research presentations will focus on immigration attitudes in Canada, Europe, and the United states. In addition to discussing latest research, participants will reflect on how their work sheds light on broader relationships between researchers, media, the punditocracy, and the political class.


Public Views of Immigration and Diversity Workshop

Organized in cooperation with the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, Ottawa Office

Location: Centre for Migration Studies (CMS), University of British Columbia, Vancouver.

The workshop will be held in the Place of Many Trees (formerly Liu Multipurpose Room) at The Liu Institute for Global Issues: 6476 NW Marine Drive, Vancouver, BC V6T1Z2

This event is invitation only and closed to the public. However, the afternoon component from 2:30 – 4:30 pm is open to the public by RSVP.

Date: 9 am – 4:30 pm PDT, May 18, 2022


Event Schedule

Tuesday, May 17

6:00 p.m. Dinner

Sage (6331 Crescent Rd)

Wednesday, May 18

All workshop events on May 18, excluding dinner, will be located at the Place of Many Trees (formerly Multipurpose Room) at the Liu Institute for Global Issues (6476 NW Marine Drive).

8:30 a.m. Breakfast
9:00 a.m. Welcome and Land Acknowledgement

Antje Ellermann (University of British Columbia)

Matthew Wright (University of British Columbia)

9:15 a.m. Workshop Part I (closed to public)
10:45 a.m. Workshop Part II (closed to public)
12:30 p.m. Lunch and Video Recording (closed to public)
1:30 p.m. Walk and Video Recording
2:30 – 4:30 p.m. Workshop Part III (open to public, RSVP here): “Public Opinion Research Meets the Public”
5:45 p.m. Taxi or ride share from Gage Suites (5959 Student Union Blvd) to Dinner
6:00 p.m. Dinner

La Buca (4025 Macdonald Street)


Antje Ellermann, University of British Columbia

Matthew Wright, University of British Columbia


Keith Banting, Queen’s University

Anastasia Chyz-LeSage, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

Michael Donnelly, University of Toronto

Marc Helbling, Universität Mannheimer Zentrum für Europäische Sozialforschung

Dan Hiebert, University of British Columbia

Andrea Lawlor, Western University

Greg Lyle, Innovative Research

Angela Ocampo, University of Michigan

Mireille Paquet, Concordia University

Margaret Peters, UCLA

Conrad Ziller, Universität Duisburg-Essen