Title: Mutual recognition arrangements between France and Quebec: innovating on the transnational professional front

Authors: Jean-Luc Bédard

Addresses: TÉLUQ, 5800 St-Denis, Bureau 1105, Montréal (Québec) H2S 3L5, Canada

Abstract: Mutual recognition arrangements (MRAs) are becoming increasingly frequent on the international scene, fostering enhanced professional mobility. This article focuses on the recent implementation of MRAs between France and Quebec, demonstrating how the political process played an important role in bringing organisations from both sides to reach arrangements that have allowed migrants faster access to professional practice in Quebec. The steps described highlight the complex yet ultimately feasible nature of such arrangements. Finally, this article raises several questions that will be addressed in an ongoing research project about French professionals entering the labour force in Quebec, with a focus on eight professions in particular.

Keywords: mutual recognition arrangements; MRAs; professions; immigrants; France; Quebec; Canada; immigration; professional practice; credentials; experience; professional mobility; regulations; migration.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMBS.2014.065065

International Journal of Migration and Border Studies, 2014 Vol.1 No.1, pp.127 - 134

Received: 04 Nov 2013
Accepted: 20 Feb 2014

Published online: 29 Oct 2014 *

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