Refugee Resettlement

Research on Integration with Resettled Syrian Refugees

The new research report, Sustaining Welcome: Longitudinal Research on Integration with Resettled Syrian Refugees, interviewed over 200 resettled Syrian refugees each year between 2017 and 2020 to track changes in their integration experiences over time.

Through this interview-based approach, the report offers one of the most detailed assessment of Syrian refugee experiences in British Columbia (BC) to date.

The report finds that, despite acheiving multiple successes, refugees face a variety of barries in the early years in Canada that negatively impact their economic, social, mental and physical well-being.

The research recommends a number of policy intiatives to address these barries including greater mental health support and programing to develop refugee friendship networks.