Rural Reception Contexts is a research collaboration between York University’s Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Citizenship, Social Justice and Ethno-Racialization, the office of Kim Rudd, Member of Parliament for Northumberland-Peterborough South, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources and the Department of Economic Development and Tourism, Northumberland County,Ontario. Lead by the CRC, this three-way collaborative partnership seeks to develop a robust understanding of the reception of sponsored Syrian refugees in the context of Northumberland County, Ontario, so as to identify positive interventions and strategies that will enhance inclusive community development.
Northumberland County (NC) is active in welcoming Syrian refugees via sponsorship initiatives and the number of sponsored refugees is expected to significantly increase by mid- to late- 2016. NC presents us with an opportunity to examine the specific dynamics of refugee reception in a rural area with significant pockets of economic deprivation. Rural Reception Contexts will provide a detailed case study of the inclusion/exclusion of Syrian refugees in NC and will help us to gain insights into the specifics of rural refugee settlement. The findings from this socially engaged research will directly support policy-thinking at the local level in Northumberland County and will have implications for policy thinking at the national level.
The project is funded through the Social Science and Humanities Research Council in partnership with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, special call 'Targeted Research: Syrian Refugee Arrival, Resettlement and Integration'. The project is derived from and will extend Dr Kyriakides' Racialized Reception Contexts research program to in-Canada rural reception.
Principle Investigator - Christopher Kyriakides
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