Barry Edmonston

Barry Edmonston
Adjunct Professor
Office: COR A310

PhD (Michigan, 1974)

Area of expertise

Internal and international migration

Barry Edmonston has had a long-standing interest in Canadian demographic issues.

He has been an active member of the Canadian Population Society and served as President from 2010-2012. He co-authored a chapter on international migration, featuring analysis of Canadian and U.S. data for the second edition of the classic Methods and Materials of Demography.

He is currently working with colleagues on the issues related to the integration of immigrants in Canada and factors affecting religious and ethnic marriages. He serves on a U.S. National Academy of Sciences panel study on the fiscal and economic consequences of immigration in the United States.

His current research includes a comparative study of homeownership attainment by immigrants in Australia, Canada, and the United States, internal migration of immigrants and elderly adults within Canada, and intermarriage in Canada.


  • Internal and international migration
  • Population distribution
  • Human ecology

Selected publications

Barry Edmonston and Jeffrey S. Passel (editors), Immigration and Ethnicity: The Integration of America's Newest Arrivals. Washington, D.C.: The Urban Institute Press, 1994.

James P. Smith and Barry Edmonston (editors), The New Americans: Economic, Fiscal, and Demographic Effects of Immigration. Washington, D.C.: National Academy Press, 1997.

"International Migration," in Henry Shryock, Jacob Siegel, and David Swanson (editors), The Methods and Materials of Demography, Second Edition. New York: Academic Press, 2004. (with Margaret Michalowski).

"Measuring the Effect of Immigration on Population Growth," in Thomas Saltzmann, Barry Edmonston, and James Rayner (editors), The Demography of Migration. Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Spring-Verlag Publishing, 2010.

Barry Edmonston and Eric Fong (editors), Canada's Population Situation. McGill-Queens University Press. 2011.

Barry Edmonston (special issue editor), Special Issue on "Lifecourse Perspectives on Immigration", Canadian Studies in Population, 40(1-2) 2013.

Barry Edmonston, "Immigration in Canada: Trends and Determinants," Special Issue on "Comparative Population Issues in Canada and Australia", Canadian Studies in Population, forthcoming.