Interesting Links

Syrian refugees still struggling to settle in Toronto after year of government support

“Canada’s unique private sponsorship system, in which a group of private citizens financially support a refugee family for a year and help them integrate, is regarded globally as a model worth imitating, but the truth is that the largest portion of refugees who come to Canada are like the Al Rasouls, supported by the federal government in their first year.”


Webinar Series: Creating Welcoming Learning Communities

“In response to the needs of schools to create welcoming and supportive environments in which all children can learn and form a sense of belonging, the Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta has launched an interactive webinar series for school teachers, staff and other professionals focused on supporting the successful integration of refugee students into schools…”


Metropolis Conference Presentation: Syrian Refugees One Year Later

“Providing solutions in the form of resettlement to Canada is a critical and often life-saving intervention for refugees who have urgent protection needs and compelling vulnerabilities. Canada’s Syrian Commitments 1.Welcome 25,000 Syrian refugees by the end of February 2016 complete 2. Welcome 25,000 government-supported Syrian refugees by…”

Science has a seat at the table

“Since Kirsty Duncan stepped into her new job as minister of science one year ago, there has been eager anticipation of the new chief science role. What will this job look like? Who will fill the role? And what does this new position mean for our science and research community? With the launch of the search on Dec. 5, we are learning more about the government’s vision…”


Finding sanctuary: Why education is challenging but crucial for Syrian refugees

“About half of the refugees who have arrived in Canada from Syria have only a high-school education. Others lack proof that they completed higher education or must find a way to validate degrees from a country plunged into conflict. If they have their credentials, they must often upgrade them to meet the accreditation requirements of professional bodies here, or face…”


Forced migration, arrival in Germany, and first steps toward integration

“A new representative survey of a total of 4,500 recently arrived refugees to Germany conducted by the Institute for Employment Research (IAB), the Research Centre of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF-FZ), and the German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) at the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) has generated an entirely new database…”


IOM and UNICEF Data Brief: Migration of Children to Europe | November 2015

“Since the beginning of this year, more than one in five of over 870,000 refugees and migrants who have crossed the Mediterranean Sea to Europe is a child. Children are among the most at risk of refugees and migrants. For some children, the difficulties begin with perilous border crossings and rough seas…”