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 8: Youth Involvement in Research & Community Programs
Welcome to the eighth episode of The Refuge in which we discuss the importance of involving youth in research and community programs. This episode speaks to researchers, community organizations, and service providers – anyone concerned with the settlement and wellbeing of youth with refugee experience.
Our guests for this episode include Fawziah Alkmaki – a PhD Candidate at Western University; Fawziah’s primary research interest is health and social inequalities in disadvantaged populations; Mahmoud Sayed – originally from Afghanistan, he came to Canada in 2015 and has been working with the Youth Outreach team at the YMCA Centre for Immigrant Programs for 5 years; and Abdul Alsaidan – Child and Youth Settlement Manager at the YMCA Centre for Immigrant Programs; raised in the Middle East, U.S., and Australia, Abdul believes that there is no “one size fits all” approach to successful newcomer youth programs.
Recorded: Thursday, May 19, 2022
Published: Tuesday, June 21, 2022
The Refuge Episode 7: Supporting the Mental Health of Refugee Youth
For Mental Health Week, we’re bringing greater awareness to the mental health challenges often faced by refugee youth. Pre-migration experiences—including separation from or loss of family—often result in PTSD, depression and anxiety; stigma and discrimination can compound these issues.
Our guests on this episode are Redab Al-Janaideh – postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Psychology at the University of Toronto Mississauga, her research focuses on refugee and migrant children’s development, education, and wellbeing; Jean de Dieu Basabose – researcher for Whole Family Lab at the University of Waterloo who uses his refugee experience to promote community-based research on resilience, integration, and wellbeing of refugee families; and Gemechu Abeshu – postdoctoral fellow at York University. Originally from Oromia in Ethiopia, his research focuses on refugee integration, internally displaced persons, emerging forms of political power, and conflict and resolution systems.
Our guests offer perspectives on the most common mental health challenges faced by youth with refugee experience, coping mechanisms, and how to support refugee youth’s wellbeing.
Recorded: Tuesday, March 22, 2022
Published: Thursday, May 5, 2022
The Refuge Episode 6: Five Years of Settlement: Syrians in Canada
The arrival of a large number of Syrian refugees between 2015-2017 was transformative for Canada. In this episode of the Refuge, we reflect on what we have collectively learned from the experience of Syrian refugees settling in Canada, and how we can apply this knowledge to support future groups of refugees, including 40,000 Afghan refugees who are currently being resettled.
Joining us for this discussion are Thomas Soehl – Associate Professor of Sociology and the Canada Research Chair in International Migration at McGill University and the Principal Investigator of the Tajribati-Canada project, a study of about 2000 Syrians who resettled in Canada; Mounir Nasri – a social entrepreneur in the newcomer inclusion and settlement sector in Toronto who built several social impact projects in Syria, Lebanon, and Iraq prior to his arrival in Canada under the Private Sponsorship program for Syrian refugees; and Marwa Khobieh – interim Executive Director of the Syrian Canadian Foundation and a community researcher at York University with the Centre for Refugee Studies.
Recorded: Thursday, December 9, 2021 1PM ADT
Published: Tuesday, January 25, 2022
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
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 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 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 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