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Creating a better future for communities through research

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, conducted a research project to explore the disruptive impact of the recent Syrian refugee influx on the way local communities support newcomers. This was 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 followed a community-based research (CBR) approach. We 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 included: 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.

This project was funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. 


Final report slides: click here.

Final policy brief: click here.

A 1-page summary in Waterloo Region Immigration Partnership's Summer 2017 newsletter (page 4): click here.


Community Forum 

We are planning to hold a community forum together with the Waterloo Region Immigration Partnership on September 27, 2017.  At this forum, the findings of this research and other related research projects will be presented. The forum will also be an opportunity for our community to discuss the implications of the research for future action. Stay tuned for more details.