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Exploring the Syrian Refugee Experience in Waterloo Region

CCBR is leading two projects in Waterloo Region, both funded by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada. One project is exploring the barriers (and successes) faced by local Syrian refugee parents - who stay at home with their children - and Syrian refugee older adults. The second project is exploring the barriers faced by Syrian refugee youth.

Each project follows a community-based research approach, meaning CCBR is working with several local organizations as well as members of the Syrian community to design the project, gather information, and mobilize the findings. Syrian refugee parents and youth have been hired as Community Researchers and have been actively involved throughout the research process.

Final reports

*Syrian refugee parent and older adult report here.

*Syrian refugee youth report here.

Community celebration on March 25, 2017


A community celebration was held on Saturday March 25, 2017, at Kitchener City Hall (1- 5 pm), in collaboration with the Waterloo Region Immigration Partnership and Reception House Waterloo Region. The celebration brought together over 500 people, including Syrian refugees, service providers, and other community members. Local service providers and members of parliament spoke at the event and reflected on the settlement and integration efforts in Waterloo Region over the past year. Several Syrian musical and dance groups performed, and there was free food, activities for children, and information booths from local settlement services.

At the end of the community celebration, CCBR presented research findings from these two studies to a subgroup of about 80 people, including Syrian refugee parents, older adults, and service providers, many of whom had participated in a focus group or interview. The community celebration represented an ideal convening moment for study participants and interested others to reflect on study findings and to provide feedback on suggested models and interventions.

The slideshow from the research presentation can be found here

Research forum on September 27, 2017

The Centre for Community Based Research, the International Migration Research Centre and the Waterloo Region Immigration Partnership held an interactive afternoon to hear research findings and reflect on results from 6 local research studies (including Syrian parents and youth). Details can be found here.