Marshia Akbar

Marshia Akbar is a Senior Research Associate with the Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) in Migration and Integration program at Ryerson University. Her research broadly encompasses how social inequalities and settlement policies shape the labour market integration of migrants in Canada. Marshia earned a doctorate degree from York University with a focus on migration and settlement studies. Adopting multiple research methods, namely statistical analysis of census data and qualitative analysis of interview data, she explored the socio-economic integration experiences of Bangladeshi immigrant women in Toronto in her doctoral dissertation. As a post-doctoral research fellow at York University, she analyzed settlement policies and integration challenges in Ontario and Quebec through a comparative lens. Her doctoral dissertation, postdoctoral research as well as previous research endeavors led to several journal articles, reports and working papers that investigate systemic inequalities and settlement challenges in urban Canada. She has also taught several Geography and Sociology courses at Ryerson University and York University.

Currently, working with settlement agencies in major urban areas, she is assessing the policies about eligibility for permanent residency and settlement services and their impacts on the employment outcomes of different categories of temporary residents in Canada.

Marshia has collaborated with the members of the International Migration, Integration and Social Cohesion in Europe (IMISCOE), Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Alumni and other international research networks to examine location-specific labour market challenges for temporary and skilled migrants and help identify required policy interventions



  1. Akbar,M. (2020) Immigrants and resilience
    1. Akbar,M(2020). Building system resilience
      1. Akbar, M. (2019). Examining the Factors that Affect the Employment Status of Racialised Immigrants: A Study of Bangladeshi Immigrants in Toronto, Canada. South Asian Diaspora, 11(1), 67-87.
      2. Akbar, M and Preston, V. (2019) Migration and Resilience, Exploring the Stock of Knowledge: Review of Literature 2000-2016, BMRC Working Paper, June 2019
      3. Akbar, M. Ray, B., Rose, D. and and Preston, V. (2019) Industry of Employment by Immigration Status: A Comparison of Major Cities in Ontario and Quebec, BMRC Report 2, April 2019
      4. Akbar, M., Ray, B. and Preston, V. (2018) Trends in Immigration Class: Census 2016, BMRC Report 1, March 2018 .
      5. Kelly, P., Park, S., and Akbar. M. (2011) Profile of Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) Immigrants to Canada, 1996-2009, TEIDI Analytical Report 26, September 2011.
      6. Preston, V., Phan, M., Akbar, M. Park, S. and Kelly, P. (2011) How does Full/Part-Time Employment Affect Labour Market Outcomes Over Time?, TIEDI Analytical Report 25, September 2011
      7. Preston, V., Akbar, M, Phan, M., Park, S. and Kelly, P. (2011) Continuity of Employment for Immigrants during the First Four Years in Canada, TIEDI Analytical Report 24, August, 2011
      8. Akbar, M. and Preston, V. (2020) The Social Characteristics of Temporary Foreign Workers Living in Ontario and Quebec, BMRC
      9. Akbar, M. and Preston, V. (2020) The Social Characteristics of International Students in Ontario and Quebec
      10. Preston, V., Akbar, M., Bedard, T., Hutfless, I. and Wayland, S. (2020) Building System Resilience: Learning from Local Immigration Partnership’s Environmental Scans and Service Inventories
      11. Akbar, M. and Charles, N. (2019) How Did Immigrants Admissions Changed in Canada? BMRC.