14 episodes

The Child and Youth Refugee Research Coalition (CYRRC) is a Canadian network of researchers and community partners working together to better understand what helps young refugees settle in Canada.


The Refuge is our podcast through which we hope to share what we have learned with a greater number of service providers and the public. We discuss subjects like how refugee youth are settling into schools, the language learning needs of refugee children, how refugee families are integrating in Canada, and what are their economic situations.

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The Child and Youth Refugee Research Coalition (CYRRC) is a Canadian network of researchers and community partners working together to better understand what helps young refugees settle in Canada.


The Refuge is our podcast through which we hope to share what we have learned with a greater number of service providers and the public. We discuss subjects like how refugee youth are settling into schools, the language learning needs of refugee children, how refugee families are integrating in Canada, and what are their economic situations.

    Nothing About Us Without Us: Meaningful Youth Engagement

    Nothing About Us Without Us: Meaningful Youth Engagement

    Welcome to the tenth and final episode of The Refuge. In this episode, we discuss an issue that we’ve come to view as essential to the integration of children and youth with refugee experience in Canada - the meaningful involvement of those youth in the program and policy decisions that affect them.
    Our guests include Ani Gurtsishvili - a first-generation immigrant committed to advancing equity and inclusion in her work as the Program Associate Mariam Assefa Fund with World Education Services (WES); Craig Carter-Edwards - Analyst with Settlement and Integration Policy at Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and the co-founder of Welcome Home TO; and Theresa Jones - Coordinator for Programs and Policy with the World Education Services (WES) where she supports the development of program and policy interventions to facilitate the labor market integration of immigrant communities.

    • 28 min
    Policy Matters: The Question of Belonging

    Policy Matters: The Question of Belonging

    Welcome to Policy Matters, a special mini-series of The Refuge podcast that focuses on policy issues and connects policy makers with academics, community partners, and people with lived experience. 
    This episode features Ali Duale – MLA for Halifax Armdale and former refugee from Somalia, Dr. Nicole Ives – Associate Professor of Social Work at McGill University, and Sherman Chan – Director of Family and Settlement Support at MOSAIC B.C., discussing the importance of newcomers’ sense of belonging, factors affecting belonging, and recommendations on how to improve belonging for newcomers to Canada. 

    • 52 min
    Policy Matters: School Supports for Youth

    Policy Matters: School Supports for Youth

    Welcome to Policy Matters, a special mini-series of The Refuge podcast that focuses on policy issues and connects policy makers with academics, community partners, and people with lived experience.  
    Our guests in this episode include Dr. Andrea MacLeod - professor in Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Alberta; Kathleen Vyrauen - co-chair of the Newcomer Education Coalition and Project Manager with Immigration Partnership Winnipeg; and Jayesh Maniar - English as an Additional Language and Newcomer Education Consultant for the government of Manitoba. The discussion covers the unique supports needed to support children and refugee youth at school. 

    • 46 min
    Policy Matters: Why Collaboration Matters

    Policy Matters: Why Collaboration Matters

    Welcome to Policy Matters, a special mini-series of The Refuge podcast that focuses on policy issues and connects policy makers with academics, community partners, and people with lived experience. 
    This episode features a conversation between Dr. Howard Ramos - political sociologist and Chair of Sociology Department at Western University; David Cashaback - senior director for Settlement and Integration Policy at Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC); and Hanen Nanaa - Ontario regional advisor at the Liberal Research Bureau, in the Parliament of Canada, founder of Books, Art, Music Collective for Youth; and a former Syrian refugee. They talk about the importance of collaboration, what effective collaboration looks like, and offer recommendations on how to include people with lived experience in policy and program development. 

    • 29 min
    Starting Over: Refugee Youth and Interrupted Schooling

    Starting Over: Refugee Youth and Interrupted Schooling

    Welcome to the ninth episode of The Refuge in which we discuss experiences of youth who arrive in Canada with interrupted schooling. What are the challenges of re-entering the school system? What supports are needed for youth?
    Our guests include Anyieth Maduk Manyuon – who came to Canada from Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya in January 2022. She was in her final year of Pharmacy in Medical College when she relocated and is now working while waiting to resume her education; Reuben Garang – Executive Director of Immigrant Partnership Winnipeg and former Policy Analyst and Community Outreach Advisor for the Government of Manitoba; and Susan Brigham – Professor in the Faculty of Education at Mount Saint Vincent University (MSVU), her research interests include immigration, diversity, adult and higher education, and gender.

    • 38 min
    Youth Involvement in Research & Community Programs

    Youth Involvement in Research & Community Programs

    Welcome to the eighth episode of The Refuge in which we discuss the importance of involving youth in research and community programs. This episode speaks to researchers, community organizations, and service providers - anyone concerned with the settlement and wellbeing of youth with refugee experience.
    Our guests for this episode include Fawziah Alkmaki - a PhD Candidate at Western University; Fawziah’s primary research interest is health and social inequalities in disadvantaged populations; Mahmoud Sayed - originally from Afghanistan, he came to Canada in 2015 and has been working with the Youth Outreach team at the YMCA Centre for Immigrant Programs for 5 years; and Abdul Alsaidan - Child and Youth Settlement Manager at the YMCA Centre for Immigrant Programs; raised in the Middle East, U.S., and Australia, Abdul believes that there is no “one size fits all” approach to successful newcomer youth programs.

    • 27 min

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