2020 marks 5 years since 70,000+ Syrian refugees began to arrive in Canada.
The arrival of the first Syrian refugees in 2015 was transformative for Canada as a country. The Child and Youth Refugee Research Coalition (CYRRC) emerged as a response to the arrival of the “Syrian cohort”, and from a desire to improve the settlement of mass migrations of forcibly displaced people. Our 2020 Annual Report pays tribute to the Syrian cohort and all other young refugees who now make Canada their home.
Featured on this map are eight projects that look at the social, economic, political, and cultural integration and wellbeing of Syrian refugees.
The Child and Youth Refugee Research Coalition (CYRRC) is a network of academics, community partners, and government agencies. Seeded by a SSHRC Partnership Grant in 2017, CYRRC members carry out research, promote best practices, and engage in knowledge mobilization. Today, CYRRC researchers are involved in 70+ research projects on social integration, economic outcomes, education, and the mental and physical wellbeing of refugee children, youth, and families in Canada.
To learn more about our work, connect with CYRRC members, and explore opportunities to collaborate, visit us at cyrrc.org.
Explore Our Work
Focuses on economic outcomes of refugee children, youth, and families.
Focuses on language acquisition and literacy skills of refugee children and youth.
Investigates experiences of trauma and what facilitates resilience before and after resettlement.
Examines integration, stressors, discrimination, and supports before and after resettlement.
How refugees are affected by COVID-19, and how service providers are adapting.
Our KMb moves research beyond the academic realm into the community sector.
CYRRC researchers have compiled data aggregations of refugees’ economic outcomes and retention rates.
Message from CYRRC’s Scientific Director, Michael Ungar
CYRRC Scientific Director
2020 was a year unlike any other. As the world came to a standstill due to the COVID-19 pandemic, research ground to a halt and service providers were forced to close their doors. Very quickly, however, we collectively innovated new ways of working. CYRRC responded with a series of projects looking at how COVID-19 is impacting young refugees and their families, and how settlement agencies are responding. We look forward to sharing findings from this research in the coming months.
2021 marks 5 years since Syrian refugees began to arrive in Canada. This year’s highlights report puts a special focus on how Syrian refugees are settling in Canada, while drawing attention to broader themes that have emerged from the last four years of our research. I would like to thank all who contribute to this important work, and I look forward to ongoing success as we seek to better understand and support the successful integration of young refugees in Canada.