University of Regina research studies barriers facing refugees in the prairies
REGINA – Some timely research is underway at the University of Regina around refugees, and more specially new comers coming to the prairies.
Dr. Daniel Kikulwe and Dr. Donalda Halabuza with the Faculty of Social Work are leading the study to investigate the resources available to refugees settling in Saskatchewan and the barriers they may face once they arrive.
It’s hoped the research could help make the transition easier for other refugees who arrive in the future.
Dr. Kikulwe said they’ll also focus on the positive impact those seeking refuge in Canada can contriubte to society.
“Sometimes we don’t realize they have a lot of strengths they bring with them. Life experiences. Educational backgrounds. Lots of things they bring with them so we really want to emphasize the strengths people bring to the country,” he said.
The researchers are working in partnership with the Regina Open Door Society.
They plan to interview families who’ve come to Regina in the last ten years and anticipate to have results by the end of 2016.