The VULNER research project seeks to investigate how the ‘vulnerabilities’ of migrants are defined in Canadian relevant documents and how they are assessed by Canadian decision-makers. This project also seeks to shed light on the concrete experiences of ‘vulnerability’ lived by migrants, including their resilience strategies through interaction with the legal frameworks. This project is led by the Faculty of Law at the University of Ottawa in collaboration with other researchers.

If your legal status in Canada is one of the following, you might be eligible to participate:

Migrants (18+ years old) who have been in Canada for at least six months and have applied for an application and received a positive or a negative decision.

Migrants (18+ years old) who had their refugee claim/PR successfully determined within the last 2-3 years.

Protection statuses accepted for the study (Refugee applications, Pre-Removal Risk Assessment (PRRA) applications, Humanitarian and Compassionate (H&C) grounds applications, Open Work Permit for Vulnerable Workers applications, Temporary Resident Permit applications, Spousal sponsorship (domestic abuse))

Your participation will consist of one interview on Zoom with the researchers that will last between 60 and 90 minutes. During this interview, you will be asked questions about your decision to come to Canada, your immigration status, your experiences in Canada and in trying to obtain status, and your future plans. Participation in this research is anonymous. Anything that you say in the interview will remain strictly confidential.

As a token of appreciation, you will be offered a $100 monetary compensation for your participation in this research.

If you are interested to participate please contact directly the research assistant for this project ( or at 514-561-8993) before July 15.