Syrian Refugees: Understanding The Depth Of Highly Skilled Talent
Cultural Considerations When Assisting Syrian Refugees
Understanding the structure of the educational system in Syria: the programs of study at the elementary and secondary levels, and how the grading system compares with Ontario.
Demographic characteristics of Syrian refugees (age, languages, literacy, ethnic groups, urbanization, religion, and access to education) and cultural considerations related to food and dietary restrictions, families, religion, health care, and employment.
Understanding how culture shapes behaviours, preferences, and expectations.
Role of refugee talent in Canadian businesses and how to prepare the workforce for welcoming refugees (creating a safe environment, reasonable accommodation measures, credential recognition, and language support, conducting a culturally sensitive interview, establishing effective mutual expectations and a buddy system).
A guide for GTA employers: Syrian refugees’ skills and educational background; practical tips and easy-to-use resources.
Mental Health Cues And Referrals
Online and in-person training to enhance the capacity of front-line workers and immigrant and refugee serving agencies in Ontario to respond to the mental health and trauma needs of refugee clients.
Online training, webinars, and toolkits on building settlements and health service providers’ knowledge and skills regarding refugee mental health and promoting inter-sector collaboration.
- CAMH Refugee Mental Health Project
- Culturally Competent Care for Diverse Groups (Canadian Psychological Association)
- Culture, Context and the Mental Health and Psychosocial Wellbeing of Syrians (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees)
Access to psychiatrists and social workers for advice on client/patient cases; psychiatric consultation and culturally sensitive interventions for newly arrived refugees with psychological issues or concerns.
Data And Resources On Syrian Arrivals
Highlights, key figures, and facts about the services available to Syrian refugees.
- #WelcomeRefugees: Canada resettled Syrian refugees
- Syrian exodus to Canada: One year later, a look at who the refugees are and where they went
- Syrian refugees: How You Can Help
- Welcome Ontario: Syrian Refugee Assistance Information
- Refugee rights in Ontario
- Refugees resettlement program
Media Coverage & Success Stories
- Starbucks plans to hire 1,000 refugees in Canada, The Star, March 22, 2017
- Canada’s refugee acceptance rate peaked in four years, Canadian Immigrant, March 14, 2017
- Toronto needs expanded resources as refugee numbers swell, Toronto Sun, March 12, 2017
- Sewing program helps make entrepreneurs of GTA refugees, Canadian Immigrant, March 6, 2017
- Syrian exodus to Canada: One year later, a look at who the refugees are and where they went,The Globe and Mail, Jan. 05, 2017
- Language barriers, lack of childcare among immediate resettlement concerns for Syrian refugees: report, Canadian Immigrant, Dec 8, 2016
- Senate committee calls on Ottawa to do more for refugee integration, The Globe and Mail, Dec. 6, 2016
- For Syrian refugees, shift to provincial assistance is a financial challenge, The Globe and Mail, Dec 5, 2016
- One year after arrival, Syrian refugees continue to face employment barriers, The Globe and Mail, Dec 5, 2016
- Syrian refugees face a new kind of uncertainty as federal allowance ends, CBC News, Dec 4, 2016
- Syrian newcomers tell Justin Trudeau what they need to succeed in Canada, CBC News, Dec 3, 2016
- A story of Abdulla, CBC News, December 02, 2016
- Syrian refugees in Alberta facing new challenges with federal sponsorship ending, CBC News, Dec 1, 2016
- Ahlan: The bear that welcomes Syrian refugee children to Canada in Arabic and English, CIC/COSTI, Nov 28, 2016 (In Arabic) الدب اللذي يرحب بالاطفال السوريين
- Syrian-born Soulafa Al-Abbasi stresses the importance of communication skills for success in Canada, Canadian Immigrant, November 24, 2016
- From Damascus to Toronto: the story of Mohamed, CIC, Dec 17, 2015