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Newcomer Refugee Youth as ‘Resettlement Champions’ for their Families: Vulnerability, Resilience and Empowerment

  • Yogendra B. Shakya
  • Sepali Guruge
  • Michaela Hynie
  • Sheila Htoo
  • Arzo Akbari
  • Barinder (Binny) Jandu
  • Rabea Murtaza
  • Megan Spasevski
  • Nahom Berhane
  • Jessica Forster
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Part of the International Perspectives on Migration book series (IPMI, volume 7)

Abstract

Due to experiences of forced migration, a large proportion of resettled refugee families arrive in resettlement countries with low levels of education, limited official language fluency, fractured family relationships, and less than optimal physical and mental health. These pre-migration determinants intersect with systemic barriers in ways that make it extremely difficult for refugees to secure employment/income security, access health and settlement services, and pursue their educational and other goals. This chapter discusses the role that newcomer refugee youth play in helping their families resettle in response to systemic post-migration barriers.

Keywords

Refugee Newcomer youth Resettlement Youth leadership Health Access barriers Resilience 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yogendra B. Shakya
    • 1
  • Sepali Guruge
    • 2
  • Michaela Hynie
    • 3
  • Sheila Htoo
    • 1
  • Arzo Akbari
    • 1
  • Barinder (Binny) Jandu
    • 1
  • Rabea Murtaza
    • 1
  • Megan Spasevski
    • 1
  • Nahom Berhane
    • 1
  • Jessica Forster
    • 1
  1. 1.Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community ServicesTorontoCanada
  2. 2.Ryerson UniversityTorontoCanada
  3. 3.York UniversityTorontoCanada

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