Victor Piché is a sociologist-demographer specialized in the field of international migration. He has been interested in the links between international migration and globalization, focusing on the rights of migrant workers. He has directed a study for UNESCO on the reasons why Canada refuses to ratify the UN Convention on the Protection of the Rights of Migrants and Members of their Families.
He has carried out several surveys on migration in West Africa as well as in Quebec. Most of his research deals with the economic integration of migrants in Montreal as well as in major West African cities (Ouagadougou, Bamako and Dakar). He has recently completed a survey on remittances to Haiti of Haitians living in Montreal in collaboration with colleagues from York University (Toronto) who have carried out the same survey among Jamaicans. Finally, he was director of a Bill & Melinda Gates project which has developed a masters degree in population and health at the University of Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso).
Victor Piché was professor in the Department of Demography at the University of Montreal from 1972 to 2006. He was also senior advisor on international migration and human rights for Action Canada for Population and Development (Ottawa).
He is presently working on three main projects: (1) a history of labor migration in West Africa, focusing on Burkina Faso and Ivory Coast (1900-2000); (2) a short book on demography as a profession; and (3) the organization of a workshop on epistemological aspects of the production of migration theories in Africa and the Arab world.
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