The Refuge: A CYRRC Podcast

CYRRC’s new podcast series, The Refuge, brings together youth with refugee experience, academics, and community partners to discuss issues affecting refugee children, youth, and families in Canada.  

This series shares four years of CYRRC research on the social and economic integration, learning outcomes, and wellbeing of refugee children, youth, and families.  

Episodes are released monthly and can be found on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or Google Podcasts, via the links below. The Refuge can be found on podcast streaming services by searching: “The Refuge CYRRC”

The Refuge Episode 1: Welcome To The Refuge

Welcome to The Refuge, the newest podcast from the Child and Youth Refugee Research Coalition (CYRRC).

In this introductory episode, we are joined by Michael Ungar, CYRRC’s  Scientific Director, Simone Chia-Kangata, CYRRC’s Project Manager, and Nabiha Atallah, Advisor of Strategic Initiatives at Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS).

Our guests talk about what CYRRC does to support the integration of refugee children and youth, and give listeners a sense of what to expect from the podcast.

Recorded: Wednesday, March 31, 2021
Published: Thursday, August 12, 2021

The Refuge Episode 2: Transitions: Settlement, School, and Work

Welcome to the second episode of The Refuge in which we are joined by Praise Mugisho, a former refugee from the Democratic Republic of the Congo now living in Nova Scotia, Dr. Ifeyinwa Mbakogu, a social worker and Professor of Social Work at Dalhousie University, and Dr. Erika Goble, Associate Dean of Research at NorQuest College.

In this episode, we talk about the experiences of refugee youth as they navigate the transition of settlement, school, and employment. Listeners will hear about some of the challenges refugee youth face at school and work, including racism, language barriers, and more.

Our guests also offer suggestions on how service providers and employers can better support refugee’s integration, careers, and wellbeing.

Recorded: Tuesday, July 27, 2021 
Published: Thursday, August 12, 2021

The Refuge Episode 3: Learning the Language: Supporting Refugee Youth Learning English

Welcome to the third episode of The Refuge in which we discuss learning English as a new refugee in Canada, and how language affects and is in turn affected by integration. 

Our guests are Fida Alfandi, a youth who arrived in Canada from Syria five years ago, Mazen El-Baba – founder of H.appi a non-profit that works with children who have experienced adversity, and Dr. Johanne Paradis – professor of Linguistics at the University of Alberta. 

With the new academic year just around the corner, we hear from our guests about how teachers and schools can support refugee youth as they return to the classroom.

Recorded: Thursday September 2, 2021
Published: Tuesday September 7, 2021

The Refuge Episode 4: Here and There: Language Learning and Wellbeing in Canada and Germany

Welcome to the fourth episode of The Refuge!

Coinciding with the start of the new academic year, we continue our discussion of refugee children’s wellbeing and language learning; focusing on supports available in schools and communities. We also cast an eye on the differences and similarities between refugee experiences in Canada and Germany. 

Joining us to share their perspectives are Katrin Lindner – Associate Professor at the German Department of the University of Munich, Becky Chen – Professor of Applied Psychology and Human Development at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, and Monique Gagne – Research Associate with the Human Early Learning Partnership at the University of British Columbia. 

Our guests offer a range of recommendations on how schools, teachers, and government policies can better support refugee children and their families.

Recorded: Tuesday August 10, 2021 
Published: Thursday September 23, 2021

The Refuge Episode 5: COVID-19: Refugee Families' Challenges and Resilience

The COVID-19 pandemic challenged all of us; however, for many refugee families, social isolation, online learning, and stay-at-home orders compounded challenges they were already facing. At the same time, the resilience of refugee women and youth was apparent as they created opportunities to contribute to their communities.

In this episode of the Refuge, we are joined by Anwar Alhjooj – Program and Intercultural Coordinator at Montreal City Mission, Hala Younis – a 15-year-old Palestinian living in Montreal, Quebec, and Stacey Wilson-Forsberg – Associate Professor in the Human Rights & Human Diversity Program at Wilfrid Laurier University and Director of the Tshepo Institute for the Study of Contemporary Africa. 

Guests share their personal experiences and research about this challenging time, as well as recommendations for how to better support youth and their families as we recover and move forward together.

Recorded: Tuesday, October 12, 2021 5:30PM ADT
Published: Tuesday, October 26, 2021