DIFI Holds Symposium on ‘Gender, Family, and Relationships Among Arab Refugee Families’ in Canada

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Published February 25th, 2018 - 05:50 GMT
Noor AlMalki Al-Jehani, Executive Director of DIFI
Noor AlMalki Al-Jehani, Executive Director of DIFI

Doha International Family Institute (DIFI), a member of Qatar Foundation (QF), in collaboration with the Ministry of Administrative Development and the Muslim Resource Centre for Social Support and Integration (MRCSSI), held a symposium on ‘Gender, Family and Marital Relationships among Arab Refugee Families in Canada’ on February 23 in London, Ontario, Canada.

The symposium included the launch of the research report, ‘Pre- and Post-Migration Stressors and Marital Relations Among Arab Refugee Families in Canada,’ conducted by DIFI and experts from MRCSSI, the University of Calgary, and the University of Guelph in Canada.  

In her comments on the report, Noor AlMalki Al-Jehani, Executive Director of DIFI, said: “By conducting this study, DIFI aimed to contribute to the knowledge base on Arab refugees, which despite representing 58 percent of the world’s refugees, are an often ignored and understudied segment of the population.” Al-Jehani added: “We hope the outcomes of this study will be used by policy-makers and service providers in Canada to help improve the integration of Arab refugees there”.

Dr. Mohammad Baobaid, the principal investigator and MRCSSI Executive Director, said "There is a fundamental need in Canada to provide appropriate support and responses to ensure the successful integration of these newcomers. We need to move beyond programs that focus on cultural sensitivity to a culturally integrative model that incorporates cultural brokers who work with service providers to assist in understanding the unique aspects of each family’s situation." 

The program of the symposium included three panel discussions on the following topics: gender roles, parent-child relationships, and marital relationships – with the implications for service provision and social policies for each discussed. The event was attended by experts in the fields of immigration and settlement, social and healthcare services, social policy, and law enforcement, in addition to local, national, and international researchers.

DIFI is a global policy and advocacy institute working to advance knowledge on Arab families through research, and promote evidence-based polices at the national, regional, and international levels. The institute has special consultative status with United Nations Economic and Social Council.

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