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“Can Someone Help Me?” Refugee Women’s Experiences of Using Settlement Agencies to Find Work in Canada

Sonja Senthanar (), Ellen MacEachen, Stephanie Premji and Philip Bigelow
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Sonja Senthanar: University of Waterloo
Ellen MacEachen: University of Waterloo
Stephanie Premji: McMaster University
Philip Bigelow: University of Waterloo

Journal of International Migration and Integration, 2020, vol. 21, issue 1, No 16, 273-294

Abstract: Abstract This article examines refugee women’s experience with settlement agencies and their employment outcomes in Canada. Based on qualitative data, we found that employment was not a priority to settlement agencies with many counselors referring the women to low-skilled, low-waged positions with companies with whom they had pre-existing ties. Meanwhile, counselors found themselves burdened with large workloads and felt inadequately equipped to serve the needs of refugees. Through this study, we propose policy recommendations that address women’s disproportional barriers that can be integrated within programs and services offered by settlement agencies to improve employment integration.

Keywords: Refugees; Employment; Settlement agency; Gender; Canada (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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DOI: 10.1007/s12134-019-00729-1

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