Studying migration with an occupational science lens

Presenters: Atieh Razavi Yekta and Anne-Cécile Delaisse, Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, University of British Columbia
Date: July 14th, 2021
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Occupation (i.e. daily activities) is central to migration, settlement, and integration processes. Indeed, immigrants' new environment implies a number of changes and challenges in their daily occupations. Conversely, engagement in meaningful occupations (including but not limited to employment) supports immigrants' well-being as well as the development of a sense of belonging in the receiving country. Drawing from examples of various occupation-centered studies, this presentation will address how a focus on immigrants' daily occupation can contribute to a deeper understanding of migration, useful for policymaking and community practices.

Presenter biographies

Atieh Razavi Yekta

PhD student – is a first-year PhD student in the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at the University of British Columbia (UBC). Her doctoral project focuses on the intersection of technology (HCI), occupational science, and migration. She is a graduate trainee in the Collaborative Research Training Experience Program and a member in the Centre for Migration Studies at UBC.

Anne-Cécile Delaisse

PhD student – completed her MSc in Rehabilitation Sciences in the department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at the University of British Columbia. Her research focuses on people’s occupations (i.e. daily activities) in the context of migration, using qualitative methods and taking a critical lens. For her Master’s thesis, she completed a critical ethnography about French-speaking immigrants' participation in Francophone community sites in Metro Vancouver. Her doctoral research will examine transnational practices and belongings in the Vietnamese diaspora in Vancouver and Paris.