Come learn how rural Canadian communities have welcomed refugees – Dec. 3rd


Join us at the Port Elgin United Church on December 3rd at 7 PM for a presentation on refugee resettlement in rural Canada, titled “Welcoming Communities: The Resettlement and Integration of Syrian Refugees in Rural Canada.”

Earlier this spring, Stacey Haugen, a researcher from the International Development Research Centre in Ottawa, visited Port Elgin to interview Syrian refugees, private sponsors, service providers and other community members about their experiences with refugee resettlement. Port Elgin was one of four smaller communities that Stacey visited across the country. In total, she spoke with over 45 private sponsors and community members, and 15 Syrian refugees. At the presentation Stacey will present her research findings and discuss the benefits and challenges of refugee resettlement in rural areas.

About Stacey:

Stacey Haugen is a Research Award Recipient at the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) in Ottawa. During her award, Stacey has been studying the resettlement and integration of Syrian refugees in rural Canada. Prior to her work at IDRC, Stacey worked in rural development with the Alberta Centre for Sustainable Rural Communities in Camrose, Alberta.​She has an undergraduate degree in political studies from the University of Alberta, and a Master of Arts degree in Global Governance from the University of Waterloo.

The event is free. We hope to see you there!


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