The Experiences of Internationally Trained Ghanaian Male Immigrants In Canada
Author(s)Otoo, Benedict Kojo
KeywordsGhanaian Male Immigrants
men of colour
Education--Adult and Continuing
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AbstractIn this qualitative, narrative inquiry, I focused on a small segment within the pool of skilled immigrants who come to Canada every year—5 internationally trained Ghanaian males. I explored their experiences and how they navigated the challenges and opportunities related to seeking employment after having immigrated to Canada. I also examined the impact on identity of being a visible minority immigrant and drew out the learning experiences that have impacted them. Participants had resided in a province in western Canada for a minimum of 2 years. As an internationally trained Ghanaian male immigrant myself, I was a researcher–participant in this study. Together, the participants and I interpreted and shared our life experiences through storytelling. Narratives focused on why participants decided to immigrate; their significant learning experiences; their perspectives, as men of colour, and how they navigated the system in seeking employment; and the challenges they faced when integrating into a new culture and society. Major themes included hurdles, the importance of a support system, the path to jobs, spectra of colour and identity, and optimism and hope in a new country. The findings provide a broader view of how participants navigated the barriers, challenges, and successes associated with being an internationally trained male immigrant of colour in a province in western Canada.
Otoo, B. K. (2018). The Experiences of Internationally Trained Ghanaian Male Immigrants in Canada (Unpublished master's thesis). University of Calgary, Calgary, AB.