Jill Hanley

Professor at the McGill School of Social Work

Jill Hanley is Full Professor at the McGill School of Social Work, where she teaches social policy, migration and community organizing. Her research focuses on access to social rights (housing, health and labour) for precarious status migrants, as well as their individual, family and collective strategies to address these rights. She is Scientific Director of the SHERPA University Institute with the mandate to improve access and quality of public health and social services for immigrants and ethno-racial minority communities. She is also the co-founder of the Immigrant Workers Centre, where she has been actively involved for over 20 years.


Phone: (514) 398-4046

Email: jill.hanley@mcgill.ca

  1. Social policy: immigration/refugee policy; labour rights; health; social housing
  2. Community organizing: cross-cultural; feminist; neighbourhood; anti-poverty; immigration; labour
  3. Community development: housing; community economic development

  • Cloos, Ndo, Aho, Benoit, Filliol, Munoz-Bertrand, Ouimet, Hanley, Ridde. (2020). The negative self-perceived health of Migrants with Precarious Status in Montreal, Canada: A cross-sectional study. PLOS ONE 15(4): e0231327. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0231327
  • Hanley, J., Larios, L., Ricard-Guay, A., Meloni, F. & Rousseau, C. (2020). Pregnant & undocumented: Taking work into account as a social determinant of health. International Journal of Migration, Health & Social Care https://doi.org/10.1108/IJMHSC-04-2019-0046
  • Hanley, J., Paul, L., Ravinthiran, J., Malhaire, L., Mosseau, N. (2020). Protecting the rights of migrant farmworkers in Quebec: To what extent can unionization overcome the effects of precarious immigration status? Journal of Rural and Community Development 15(2): 122-46.
  • Larios, L., Hanley, J. Salamanca Cardona, M., Henaway, M. Dwaikat Shaer, N. & Ben Soltane, S. (2020). Engaging migrant careworkers: examining cases of exploitation by recruitment agencies in Quebec, Canada. International Journal of Migration and Border Studies 6(1/2), pp. 138-157. DOI: 10.1504/IJMBS.2020.10030063
  • Matte-Guilmain, L. and Hanley, J. (2020). Creative recourses in cases of forced labour: Using human trafficking, human rights and labour law to protect migrant workers. International Migration. https://doi.org/10.1111/imig.12743
  • Ridde, V., Aho, J., Ndao, E.M., Benoit, M., Hanley, J., Lagrange, S., Fillol, A., Raynault, M-F. & Cloos, P. (2020). Unmet healthcare needs among migrants without medical insurance in Montreal, Canada. Global Public Health https://doi.org/10.1080/17441692.2020.1771396
  • Hanley, J., Ives, N., Lenet, J., Walsh, C. A., Hordyk, S.-R., Ben Soltane, S., & Este, D. (2019). Migrant women’s health and housing insecurity: an intersectional analysis. International Journal of Migration, Health & Social Care: 15(1): 90-106.
  • Hanley, Salamanca Cardona, Larios, Henaway, Dwaikat Shaer, Ben Soltane, Eid. (2018). Transportation and Temp Agency Work: Risks and Opportunities for Migrant Workers. Cahiers du géographie québécois 62(177):1-14..
  • Hanley, J., Al Mhamied, A., Cleveland, J., Hajjar, O., Hassan, G., Ives, N., Khyar, R., Hynie, M. (2018). The Social Networks, Social Support and Social Capital of Syrian Refugees Sponsored to Settle in Montreal: Indications from their early experiences of integration. Canadian Ethnic Studies 50(2): 123-149.
  • Hanley, Salamanca Cardona, Larios, Henaway, Dwaikat Shaer, Ben Soltane, Eid. (2018). Transportation and Temp Agency Work: Risks and Opportunities for Migrant Workers. Cahiers du géographie québécois 62(177):1-14.
  • SJOLLEMA, S, HORDYK, S-R, WALSH, C, HANLEY, J, IVES, N. (accepted). Found Poetry, Finding Home. Journal of Poetry Therapy.
  • HANLEY, J, BEN SOLTANE, S and KOO, J-H. (forthcoming Spring 2013). Travailleurs migrants professionnels/Statut “peu qualifié”: évolution de la non-reconnaissance des qualifications étrangères. Revue québécoise de droit international.
  • BEN SOLTANE, S, HANLEY, J and HORDYK, S-R. (Fall 2012). Révéler l’itinérance des femmes immigrantes à Montréal : documenter l’itinérance différemment. Revue FéminÉtudes.
  • SIKKA, A, LIPPEL, K. and HANLEY, J. (Winter 2012). Access to Health Care and Workers’ Compensation for Precarious Migrants in Québec. Ontario and New Brunswick: McGill Journal of Law and Health Vol 4(3).
  • HANLEY, J. and VADDAPALLI, N. (2011). Les travailleuses domestiques: Proletariat à domicile. Nouveaux cahiers du socialisme, No. 5.
  • HANLEY, J., PREMJI, S., LIPPEL, K., and MESSING, K. (2010). Action Research for the Health and Safety of Domestic Workers in Montreal: Using Numbers to Tell Stories and Effect Change. New Solutions 20(4):421-39
  •  Choudry, A, Hanley, J, Shragge, E. (2012). Organize!: Building from the Local for Global Justice. Oakland, CA: PM Press.Choudry, A., Hanley, J., Jordan, S., Shragge, E., and Stiegman, M. (2009). Fight Back: Workplace Justice for Immigrants. Blackpoint, NS: Fernwood Press.
  • HANLEY, J., STEIGMAN, M., and SPEIRS, K. (forthcoming 2013). “Foreigners” on the Quebec farm: An employment relationship with family on both sides. In S. Gervais, M.A. Poutanen, R. Iacovici (eds.), Being Quebecois: Ethnicity and Race in 19th to 21st Century Quebec. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press.
  • GAL, S. and J. HANLEY. (forthcoming). Elder Abuse: Is Precarious Immigration Status a Factor? In M. Baffoe (ed.), Strangers in a New Homeland, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • HANLEY, J., SHRAGGE, E., RIVARD, A., and KOO, J. (2012). “Good enough to work? Good enough to stay!” Organizing Temporary Foreign Workers. In C. Straehle and P. Lenard (eds.), Canada’s Guestworker Programs, Toronto: University of Toronto Press.
  • TORRES, S., SPITZER, D., HUGHES, K., and HANLEY, J. (2012). From Temporary Worker to Resident: The LCP and its Impact Through an Intersectional Lens. In C. Straehle and P. Lenard (eds.), Canada’s Guestworker Programs, Toronto: University of Toronto Press.
  • OXMAN-MARTINEZ, J. and HANLEY, J. (2011). An Intersectional Lens on Various Facets of Violence: Access to Health and Social Services for Women with Precarious Immigration Status. In Olena Hankivsky et al (eds.), Health Inequities in Canada: Intersectional Frameworks and Practices. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press.
  •  HANLEY, J. and SHRAGGE, E. (2010). Organizing Temporary Foreign Workers: Rights and Resistance as Canada shifts towards the use of Guestworkers. Social Policy, Fall 2010, Vol. 40(3), p6.
  •  CHOUDRY, A., HANLEY, J., Jordan, S., Shragge, E., & Stiegman, M. (2009). Respect et résistance,  Revue du CREMIS Vol. 2(4).