There is a sizable immigrant population in Labrador West – which saved the local hospitality and retail sector. However, there are concerns that these new arrivals are not being integrated as well as they could be into the local community; they have created a community-within-a-community, which isn’t integrated in the larger community. Many members of the immigrant population are working in the service industry; however, many of these new arrivals are highly educated and may aspire to work in an area of their expertise.
There is a suspicion that their needs are not being met; however, this is difficult to assess because many immigrants are reluctant to make their needs known. Apparently, there is a fear that they may be sent back if they speak out against work conditions, etc. There is a lack of services for newcomers, from both governments and NGOs, in the region. There is a lot of work that needs to be done to expand intercultural understanding. It would be useful to conduct a study of the local immigrant community — their needs, the challenges they face, their aspirations, and what can be done to improve accommodation for these groups.