Social Integration, Rights, Culture and Security 2017-11-30T17:02:18+00:00

Social Integration, Rights, Culture and Security

This group examines the factors associated with social integration, different stressors experienced by child and youth refugees, discrimination and social support pre-and post-resettlement.


Howard Ramos

Professor and Associate Dean Research, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Dalhousie University


Dr. Howard Ramos is a political sociologist who investigates issues of social justice and equity. He has published on social movements, human rights, Indigenous mobilization, environmental advocacy, ethnicity, race, and Atlantic Canada. He completed his PhD and a Postdoctoral Fellowship at McGill University and holds a BA from York University. He is currently working on projects looking at Atlantic Canadians, secondary cities, state funding of NGOs, environmental advocacy, tourism development, and integration of immigrants and refugees. Dr. Ramos is also working to promote knowledge mobilization and translation of issues related to refugee children and youth.

Lori Wilkinson

Professor at the University of Manitoba


Lori Wilkinson is a Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Manitoba, the editor of the Journal of International Migration and Integration and the Director of Immigration Research West, an academic and community think-tank concerned with issues related to successful settlement and integration. Her research interests include labour market integration among refugees, school-to-work transitions among immigrant and refugee youth, racism and inequality. She has co-authored two books, The Research Process and Understanding Social Statistics, both published by Oxford University Press. She has most recently published her work on refugees in the following venues: Migration Policy Institute, Journal of Canadian Ethnic Studies, Migration, Health and Survival: International Perspectives and Immigrant Youth in Canada.

Nabiha Atallah

Manager of Communications & Research at ISANS


Nabiha Atallah is Manager of Communications & Research at Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS). She has worked in immigrant settlement for over twenty-two years and prior to that, she taught English as an Additional Language at Red River College in Winnipeg, as well as in Vancouver and Cairo.

Nabiha has been a Director of the Halifax Chamber of Commerce and has also managed projects for the Atlantic Population Table and the Atlantic Region Association of Immigrant Serving Agencies.

She has been active in the Canadian Metropolis and Pathways to Prosperity research networks and has presented at national, and international conferences. She is currently a member of the Nova Scotia Immigration Research Roundtable, chair of the Atlantic Immigration Research Committee and a member of the Board of Pathways to Prosperity.

Vicki Sinclair

Executive Director at Manitoba Association of Newcomer Serving Organizations (MANSO)


Vicki Sinclair joined the Manitoba Association of Newcomer Serving Organizations (MANSO) as its first Executive Director in June 2016. Before that she was the Director of Programming and Development at Immigrant Centre Manitoba, Manitoba’s largest settlement agency. She is a member of the Immigrant Partnership Winnipeg (IPW) Council, Le Réseau en Immigration Francophone du Manitoba (RIF du Manitoba), Immigration Research West (IRW) and the Western Region Research Advisory Committee (WRRAC). She is a former member City of Winnipeg’s Citizen Equity Committee and the Canadian Coalition of Municipalities Against Racism and Discrimination (CCMARD). She has a professional background in journalism and EAL and a deep commitment to partnership and community engagement. She became a Canadian Citizen in 2009.



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