With the unprecedented number of Syrian refugee arrivals to BC within the past year, ISSofBC took the opportunity to mark their first year in Canada by documenting their early settlement experiences and outcomes.
Key findings to help the next wave of Syrian refugees settle in Canada are highlighted in a summary report, Syrian Refugee Operation to British Columbia: One Year In - A Roadmap to Integration and Citizenship, after one year of arrival to British Columbia in the hopes of impacting future policy and programs for refugees.
The process for the report was conducted through two separate consultation initiatives, one focused on close to 60 youth, the other a survey with over 300 Syrian GAR head of households who arrived between November 4, 2015 and February 28, 2016.
View report: Syrian Refugee Operation to British Columbia: One Year In - A Roadmap to Integration and Citizenship
View key findings: Info-graphic of report key findings and statistics
View recommendations: Six recommendations to the Province of BC for their consideration
View recommendations: Six recommendations to the Government of Canada for their consideration
In the News:
December 15, 2016 – After one year, Syrians find support, challenges – Tri-City News
December 15, 2016 – A milestone looms for Canada’s Syrian refugees: ‘Month 13’ – Maclean’s
December 13, 2016 – Refugee settlement experience —one year in: report by ISSofBC – Canadian Immigrant
December 12, 2016 – Syrian refugee report shows challenges and successes – Vancouver Metro
December 11, 2016 – Half of adult Syrian refugees unemployed 1 year later: Liberals – Global News
December 9, 2016 – Syrian refugees one year later – BC Almanac
December 9, 2016 – New report offers glimpse into lives of Syrian refugees – The Globe and Mail
December 9, 2016 – Syrian refugees in Canada lose support one year on – the guardian
December 9, 2016 – Most Syrian refugees in English classes – Times Colonist
December 9, 2016 – Three-quarters of B.C.’s Syrian refugees attend English classes – Vancouver Sun
December 9, 2016 – Syrian refugees in B.C. actively looking for work – Global News
December 9, 2016 – One year in, Syrian refugees in B.C. struggle to find employment – CBC News
December 9, 2016 – Syrian refugees, one year later: ‘I feel like Canada is my country’– Vancouver Metro
December 8, 2016 – Syrian refugees hit 1-year anniversary of Canadian arrival – Vancouver Metro