Sharing Insights: The Lived Experience of Syrian Refugees in Canada

8 Jun 2023
17:00 UK time
Keith Neuman
Jobran Khanji
Refugee Studies Centre Special Seminars & Lectures
30 minutes of presentation by Keith Neuman and Jobran Khanji followed by Q&A session

The non-profit Environics Institute for Survey Research conducted a national study to assess the lived experience of Syrian refugees who arrived in Canada in 2015-16. The purpose was to document how these refugees have fared in their new country and lives, and what can be learned from their experience that might benefit future refugees. This research involved in-depth interviews with a representative sample of 305 Syrian refugees covering their journey from pre-arrival to present day, as well as their hopes and challenges for the future. The study is intended to provide valuable insight to guide government programs and policies, as well as support the ongoing work of settlement agencies, private sponsor groups, refugee communities and others involved in refugee resettlement in Canada.

• Keith Neuman ( keith.neuman@environics.ca ) is Senior Associate at the Environics Institute for Survey Research, where he previously served as the inaugural Executive Director. Over the past decade he has directed a number of groundbreaking studies, on such topics as immigration and refugees, racism, social capital, reconciliation, and social norms. His professional life has centered on survey research, and how it can be used effectively to support organizational goals and the broader public interest.

• Jobran Khanji is a community leader, advocate for peace and researcher with a background in international development and political science. He recently joined the Environics Institute for Survey Research to lead the knowledge mobilization efforts for their recent project on the lived experience of Syrian refugees in Canada. Additionally, Jobran founded Common Ground community house, a grassroot nonprofit set to empower newcomers and new Canadians.