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Robert Vineberg

Robert Vineberg’s career in the Canadian Federal Public Service spanned over 35 years, of which 28 were with the immigration program, serving abroad, in policy positions at national headquarters and, most recently, as Director General of Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s Prairies and Northern Territories Region, based in Winnipeg.  He retired from the public service in 2008.

Mr. Vineberg has written and published several peer reviewed articles on immigration history and on military history.  His book, Responding to Immigrants’ Settlement Needs: The Canadian Experience (Springer), was published in 2012.  He co-edited and contributed two chapters to Integration and Inclusion of Newcomers and Minorities Across Canada (McGill Queen’s University Press, 2011), and has contributed chapters to Immigration Regulation in Federal States: Challenges and Responses in Comparative Perspective (Springer, 2014) and Immigrant Experiences in North America (Canadian Scholars’ Press, 2015).   He is Chair of the Board of Governors of Immigration Research West, Vice-Chair of the Immigrant Centre Manitoba and a Senior Fellow with the Canada West Foundation.  He is also Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Manitoba Opera.  Mr. Vineberg has a BA in History from the University of Toronto as well as an MA in Canadian History and a Graduate Diploma in Public Administration, both from Carleton University, in Ottawa.

Articles by Robert Vineberg (1)

  • 25,000 Syrian refugees in four months: How did Canada do it?

    Prior to Canada's federal election late last year, Canada had a modest target of accepting 10,000 Syrian refugees by the end of 2016 and few of them had arrived by election day. This was 2,000 less than Australia's target of 12,000, despite Canada's larger population. All this changed one morning last September when the world awoke to pictures of the corpse of a three-year-old Syrian boy, Alan Kurdi, lying face down on a Turkish beach.