While Canada has successfully provided protection for refugees, the government continues to pursue ways to enhance existing settlement and integration programs for immigrants. In 2001 Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) commissioned the Social Research and Demonstration Corporation (SRDC) to identify potential new program ideas that could help refugees achieve a successful integration into the Canadian society and that could be evaluated independently and rigorously via demonstration projects. The Department indicated a particular interest for one particular category of refugees — government-assisted refugees.
In June 2001, SRDC submitted to CIC a report called Promising Interventions to Improve the Integration of Government-Assisted Refugees Into the Canadian Labour Market. The SRDC report suggested four approaches to language skills acquisition that could improve the labour market outcomes of government-assisted refugees in the years following their arrival in Canada. SRDC has been asked to pursue the developmental work on some of the proposed ideas.
Published: May 2002
Capability: Policy Research
Policy Area: Employment, Newcomers Labour Market Integration
Population: Newcomers - Women