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This event will involve 30 minutes of presentation by followed by a Q&A session.

The non-profit Environics Institute for Survey Research conducted a national study to assess the lived experience of Syrian refugees who arrived in Canada in 2015-16. The purpose was to document how these refugees have fared in their new country and lives, and what can be learned from their experience that might benefit future refugees. This research involved in-depth interviews with a representative sample of 305 Syrian refugees covering their journey from pre-arrival to present day, as well as their hopes and challenges for the future. The study is intended to provide valuable insight to guide government programs and policies, as well as support the ongoing work of settlement agencies, private sponsor groups, refugee communities and others involved in refugee resettlement in Canada.

About the speakers

Keith Neuman ( is Senior Associate at the Environics Institute for Survey Research, where he previously served as the inaugural Executive Director. Over the past decade he has directed a number of groundbreaking studies, on such topics as immigration and refugees, racism, social capital, reconciliation, and social norms. His professional life has centered on survey research, and how it can be used effectively to support organizational goals and the broader public interest.

Jobran Khanji is a community leader, advocate for peace and researcher with a background in international development and political science. He recently joined the Environics Institute for Survey Research to lead the knowledge mobilization efforts for their recent project on the lived experience of Syrian refugees in Canada. Additionally, Jobran founded Common Ground community house, a grass root non profit set to empower newcomers and new Canadians.


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Forthcoming events

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Wednesday, 29 May 2024, 5pm to 6pm @ Seminar Room 1, Queen Elizabeth House, 3 Mansfield Road, Oxford, OX1 3TB

Skilled worker visas for refugees – a qualitative evaluation of the UK’s Displaced Talent Mobility Pilot

Wednesday, 05 June 2024, 5pm to 6pm @ Seminar Room 1, Queen Elizabeth House, 3 Mansfield Road, Oxford, OX1 3TB

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