Capital Rainbow Refuge: Queer Refugee Hearings Program Toolkit

Created by Ottawa-based Capital Rainbow Refuge, this toolkit aims to assist individuals claiming refugee protection based on SOGIESC by: Learning about the refugee claim process in Canada based on SOGIESC; Writing a complete and correct narrative about their life experiences; Collecting evidence that may best support their claims; and Addressing common misunderstandings about SOGIESC refugee claims…

Mental Health Toolkit for Refugees and Refugee Claimants

This online toolkit curated by the BC Refugee Hub includes a short guide to mental health, mental illness, trauma, and resources available to those working with refugees and refugee claimants, along with services and supports available for refugees and refugee claimants. Topics included: Key Definitions Mental Health and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders (PTSD) Prevalence Among Refugees –…

Report: Trauma recovery for Yazidis after the 2014 ISIS genocide – international approaches and policy recommendations

This report complements the RESPOND research (www.respondmigration.com) on migration and immigrant integration by bringing the focus on a specific case, the trauma recovery of Yazidis with an explicit emphasis on their psychosocial needs. To this respect, it draws data and findings from international guidelines in approaching trauma recovery from a holistic perspective and includes also…

Evaluating Refugee Program – resource, webiar and toolkit

The Evaluation Refugee Program project was an initiative to build the evaluation capacity of the refugee sector across Canada in order to improve supports and outcomes for refugee newcomers. Funded by IRCC under the Service Delivery Improvements program, the project started in 2019 and ended in March 2021. Check out this summary to learn about…

UNHCR Education materials: Teaching about refugees

The office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is a global organization dedicated to saving lives, protecting rights and building a better future for refugees, forcibly displaced communities and stateless people. On this online Teaching About Refugees page, you can find FREE and adaptable UNHCR teaching materials on refugees, asylum, migration and…

Health Literacy Partnerships: Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association (CIWA)

This project aims to improve health outcomes for low literacy newcomer women, including refugees, with this series of tools and resources. These tools help people access healthcare services by learning to navigate the healthcare system better, reducing the barriers to accessing services and improving health literacy outcomes. They can be used by healthcare professionals and language instructors,…

Research: “Retention Rates -Do refugees stay in the province where they land?”

Researchers: Yoko Yoshida, Jonathan Amoyaw and Rachel McLay Affiliation: Dalhousie University and the University of Saskatchewan This report looks at retention in Nova Scotia, Manitoba, Alberta, and British Columbia. Figures are generated from IMDB data that have been made publicly available by Statistics Canada. This report provides an example of what can be learned through the creation…

Migration Policy Institute report – Volunteers and Sponsors: A Catalyst for Refugee Integration?

Community engagement and the importance of knowing how to support volunteers and sponsors. While volunteer efforts cannot replace specialized social service agencies or well-resourced social assistance programs, they offer unique resources that can be an invaluable complement to the services that professional agencies and caseworkers provide. Yet engaging volunteers or community sponsors is hardly a…