refugee

October 18, 2017
YouthREX Research Summaries ask Just Six Questions of research publications on key youth issues. These summaries get at what the youth sector needs to know in two pages or less!     1. What was this research about? This report looks at the experiences of first-generation immigrant and refugee youth (FG-IRY) as they adjust to living in the United States. During this transition, FG-IRY often face difficulties, including trouble with their education, mental health problems, and high stress levels. Many of these youth also live in lower income areas and are exposed to violence; moreover, they...
April 15, 2016
This video was created by Refugee Transitions HERE'S HOW THE CREATORS DESCRIBE THIS VIDEO:Pursuing Dreams is a series of stories of overcoming odds. That of survival, resilience, and cross-cultural friendships. Stories in this series will highlight moments where opportunity was unlocked and a challenge overcome. Teens Jyoti, Fatuma and Win immigrated to the United States with their families, where they had to overcome lingual, cultural and social obstacles to succeed.
March 09, 2016
This report was published by the Migration Policy Institute. HERE'S HOW THE AUTHORS DESCRIBE THIS REPORT: The Syrian civil war, which began in March 2011, has subsequently displaced nearly 12 million people—more than 4 million of them beyond Syria's borders. Children under the age of 18 represent about half of the Syrian refugee population, with approximately 40 percent under the age of 12. As the refugee crisis continues to unfold, this report takes stock of what is happening to these displaced children. This report examines the experiences and resulting educational and mental health needs...
January 19, 2016
In this episode Adrienne Carter speaks about her work with refugees and displaced people in a variety of countries and contexts. She shares stories, wisdom, and practice-based evidence from years supporting children, adolescents and parents who are dealing with trauma from both natural disasters and war. She talks about the similarities and distinctive aspects of both experiences. Adrienne Carter also discusses effective therapy interventions and unique cultural factors when providing mental health services in different contexts. Adrienne Carter is a psychotherapist and educator. She has...
January 11, 2016
Over half of all migrants to Canada are under 29 years of age and one quarter arrive as refugees. Studies on occupational achievements and labour market status have been largely ignored in favour of studies on adult migrants rather than on youth. This paper uses data collected from two sources: a national study of newly-arrived newcomer youth living in Toronto, Hamilton, Winnipeg and Vancouver using qualitative interviews, and a quantitative analysis of the Longitudinal Survey of Immigrants to Canada (LSIC). The focus of this paper is to use these datasets to better understand the high school...
January 07, 2016
  This video was produced by the Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization. HERE'S HOW THE CREATORS DESCRIBE THIS VIDEO:This video was created by a group of youth organized by Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization’s Youth Program (YOCISO) with a grant provided by the Canadian Council for Refugees under their Speak Up! Project. 
December 02, 2015
This toolkit was developed by FCJ Refugee Centre. HERE'S HOW THE AUTHORS DESCRIBE THIS TOOLKIT:Refugee, migrant and newcomer youth are met with challenges when attempting to access services and participate in programs in different areas such as: settlement, education, legal, employment, recreation, and the arts across the City of Toronto. This toolkit compiles insights on youth engagement from the voices of newcomer youth and newcomer youth serving organizations. The objectives of this toolkit are to promote promising practices and help ensure that newcomer youth are given equitable...
November 23, 2015
This study investigates the educational experiences of refugee youth attending high schools operated by the Public, Catholic and Francophone school boards in an urban center in Alberta. This qualitative study includes their experiences inside and outside of schools, their support systems as well as any tensions experienced due to race, culture or gender. It draws its analysis from the symbolic interactionism theoretical perspective. The study has brought to light the significance of cultural capital (Bourdieu, 1973, 1979), the matters of normalization (Foucault, 1979, 1990) that work through...
November 23, 2015
Refugee youth are a commonly ignored group in refugee literature and Canadian government programming. This paper canvasses the voices of refugee youths and provides a critical analysis of the value of pre-departure training programs. Through interviews with Bhutanese youths in Canada, this research finds that many participants took on very adult roles and responsibilities within their respective families, almost as a de facto heads of household. I categorize these roles as those of youth brokers and use this terminology to point to the important function that refugee youths play in authoring...
November 15, 2015
This toolkit was developed by the National Mentoring Partnership (MENTOR). HERE'S HOW THE AUTHORS DESCRIBE THIS TOOLKIT:Mentoring Immigrant Youth: A Toolkit for Program Coordinators is a comprehensive resource that is designed to offer program staff important background information, promising program practices, and strategies to build and sustain high-quality mentoring relationships for different categories of immigrant youth. Mentoring Immigrant Youth: A Toolkit for Program Coordinators acts as a supplemental guide to MENTOR’s How to Build a Successful Mentoring Program Using the Elements of...