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The impact of the Syrian refugee influx on local systems of support

Disruption leading to innovation in Waterloo Region

CCBR, together with several local organizations, are exploring the disruptive impact of the recent Syrian refugee crisis on the way local communities support newcomers. This is being done in order to: (1) determine innovations in how local communities can better support refugees, and  (2) determine how public policy can reinforce these innovations.

This nine-month project kicked off in September 2016 and follows a community-based research (CBR) approach. Thus far, we have collected data through a document review, interviews with 11 key informants, focus groups with 25 resettlement leaders, and a community survey filled out by 38 individuals and organizations.

Project partners include: Waterloo Region Immigration Partnership, Reception House Waterloo Region, Mennonite Central Committee of Ontario, Mennonite Coalition for Refugee Support, Waterloo Region Public Health, and Muslim Social Services Kitchener Waterloo.

*A final report for this project will be coming in June 2017!*