Faciliter l’intégration des immigrants du Moyen-Orient dans la communauté fransaskoise
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This research aims to facilitate the integration of immigrants from the Middle East (with different linguistic backgrounds) into the Fransaskois community. The existing literature illustrates the importance of immigration in Canada and, particularly, in Western Canada. This immigration plays a major role in securing francophone minorities’ demographic weight. The Fransaskois community, given its flexible inclusion criteria, seems capable of integrating immigrants. Immigrants from the Middle East also show much linguistic and cultural flexibility and are willing to choose the “Francophone route” when they settle in Saskatchewan. However, in this study, through interviews with immigrants from the Middle East and representatives of Fransaskois organizations, we try to clarify the ambiguities that can result from the lack of promotion, communication, information, or presentation of French-speaking settlement services (schooling, francization and acculturation). Good will is not lacking; Middle Eastern immigrants and leaders of Fransaskois organizations are convinced of the positive effects of integrating immigrants from the Middle East into the Fransaskois community. All that remains is to improve communication and mutual understanding.