Daily Archives: Friday, October 23, 2015

Global Meets Local: Take Action to Support Refugee Children in Canadian Schools

Education in Emergencies


Since 2011, more than 4 million Syrians have fled the country and 7.6 million more are internally displaced. Close to 3 million Syrian children and youth have been forced out of school as a result. Development gains in Syria have been reversed dramatically.

  • In 2011, literacy rates for youth aged 15-24 hovered around 95%, and primary school enrollment was 91%.
  • By the 2013/14 school year, primary school enrollment had plummeted to 38%.
  • Today, enrollment rates in Aleppo are at 6%.

Those of us working in the Education in Emergencies field are familiar with the numbers. We know that in countries seeing an influx of refugees, there is a host government under strain. Many of our colleagues have been working tirelessly in Lebanon, Jordan, and Turkey since 2011 to support access to quality education for Syrian refugees.

Recently, the thousands of Syrian refugees arriving each day on European shores and across…

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Daily News and Updates on Refugee and Forced Migration Studies 10/23/2015

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Daily News and Updates from ReliefWeb 10/23/2015

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New Journal Research Articles for Refugee and Forced Migration Studies 10/23/2015

  • “For social workers striving for cultural competency and strength-based approaches with refugees resettled in the West, attention to the role of religion and faith as potential resources is particularly vital. With rising numbers of refugees fleeing from Islamic societies to Western host countries over the past two decades, social work research has articulated Islam as a source of strength and group solidarity, as well as the trigger for anti-Islam bias and discrimination. However, Muslims are not a monolithic group. This article reports on a qualitative study with fourteen Muslims seeking US asylum due to persecution based upon their gender role non-conforming behaviours. Findings suggest that, for persons in this category, relationships to religion and faith may be complex, and potentially traumatic. Creating opportunities for gender role non-conforming refugees from Islamic societies to discuss religion and spirituality, with appropriate psychological support and without judgements from co-ethnic others or service providers, is an important clinical intervention for social workers to consider. “


  • “The idea of social relations shaping business and production relations between economic agents is not new. Production relations may become socially embedded and may exhibit homophily. We work towards understanding an embeddedness–homophily connection with the support of a case study of the decline of a formerly dominant handloom weavers’ community in Kerala, the Saliyars. We demonstrate that there is a spectrum of cohesion along which network links can be categorised, and that it is homophilous-embeddedness that truly defines cohesion. We build the evidence that the Saliyars’ networks were characterised by ‘homophilous-embeddedness’, which, we show, has been relayed across generations. Due to this attribute, the Saliyars are placed as an example that counters the standard line in the literature that community cohesion has been historically congruent to technological progress and knowledge diffusion in handloom in India. “


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