Dr. Christine Massing (Faculty of Education), Dr. Daniel Kikulwe and Dr. Donalda Halabuzu (Faculty of Social Work) and Crystal Geisbrecht (PATHS) have signed a research contract with the Regina Region Local Immigration Partnership in the amount of $19,963.80 for the project “Barriers to Newcomer Adaptation and Settlement.” Needal Ghadi, a doctoral student in the Faculty of Education, will be the research assistant.
The mixed methods study will determine barriers and possible supports that may hinder or aid newcomers in adapting to life in Regina. More specifically, the barriers to accessing child care, education, and employment opportunities will be studied. This is a very timely study in light of the dramatic increase in newcomers to Regina in the last five years. No doubt it will make an important contribution to improving newcomer experiences in many aspects of their lives.
Christine says, “I’m looking forward to being part of this important community service project. We hope to engage with newcomers to Canada and learn about their experiences as they adapt to living here in Regina. Our goal is to gain an understanding of the barriers they have experienced as they try to access child care programs, as well as educational and employment opportunities.”