Projects

Refugee integration and long-term health outcomes in Canada
About the project
Led by Prof. Michaela Hynie, this research will compare how government-assisted refugee (GAR) and private-sponsored refugee (PAR) resettlement programs support long-term social integration pathways for refugees and the impact of these pathways on physical and mental health. Research will take place over a five-year period.Resettled refugees have poorer health than host populations, and studies show that social integration affects wellness; however, there is a lack of research examining how the experiences of settlement and integration contribute to the long-term health of refugees.

“Canada’s private sponsorship program for resettled refugees is unique in the world, and is of considerable interest to other countries, but its effectiveness relative to government sponsorship is largely unknown,” said Hynie. “This grant is an important opportunity for us to understand how, and under what conditions, the different resettlement programs in Canada support the long-term health and well-being of resettled refugees in Canada, and to gain a deeper understanding of the social determinants of refugee health.”

Borderless Higher Education for Refugees
About BHER
The Borderless Higher Education for Refugees (BHER) Project aims to make educational programs available where refugees need them. In the Global South there are currently some 15.2 million people caught in refugee situations, often for ten years or more as an outcome of war, human rights violations, and/or persecution in their home countries. Attending university or accessing other tertiary degree programs has been almost impossible.
 BHER
Refugee Research Network
About RRN
The Refugee Research Network (RRN) has been created to mobilize and sustain a Canadian and international network of researchers and research centres committed to the study of refugee and forced migration issues and to engaging policy makers and practitioners in finding solutions to the plight of refugees and displaced persons. This initiative builds on previous efforts towards establishing a global network of researchers in the field of refugee and forced migration studies funded by the Canadian SSHRC Knowledge Cluster program.
Indo-chinese Refugee Movement
About ICRM
The Centre for Refugee Studies and the Canadian Immigration Historical Society are working together on a multi-pronged project that will review the historic significance and contemporary relevance of the 1975-80 resettlement of Indochinese refugees though the Private Sponsorship Program.
Critical Issues in International Refugee Law
About CIIRL
The Critical Issues in International Refugee Law Research Workshop is part of the “Refugee Law” Research Clusters of the Refugee Research Network (RRN). It seeks to bring together distinguished Superior and High court judges, legal scholars, leading academics as well as senior governmental and international organizations officials, specifically from the UNHCR, but also other UN agencies, and other interested parties, to consider a limited number of critical issues in international refugee law.
Online Research and Teaching Tools
About ORTT
The Online Research and Teaching Tools website is to provide the public at large with easy and ready access with the information, methods and techniques required in order to excel in both their research and teaching in the interdisciplinary field of refugee and forced migration studies.
Synthesizing Local & International Social Work Practice in Rwanda
About CSWEP
This research project builds on an established partnership of Rwandan and Canadian Schools of Social Work that share a commitment to social justice and university/community collaborations.