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We held our fifth, and last, community forum in Lethbridge last Thursday as part of our province-wide study into the resettlement experiences of Syrian refugees.

The aim of this project is to shed light on the experiences of Syrian refugees who arrived in Alberta in 2015 and 2016, with a particular focus on the types of programs and services that are most needed in our province to support labour market integration, language training, and social connections.

During December and January, AAISA conducted forums in Calgary, Red Deer, Edmonton, and Medicine Hat to facilitate surveys and in-person interviews with refugees.

The Lethbridge forum concludes the data collection phase of this project. Stay tuned for report findings set to be released this spring. Thank you to our data collectors, RAP providers for all your hard work, and especially newcomers in Lethbridge for sharing your experiences with us!

This project is carried out in collaboration with HABITUS Consulting Collective, and Dr. Julie Drolet, Associate Professor, Faculty of Social Work at the University of Calgary, with funding from IRCC.

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