A Community-Based Needs Assessment of Resettled Syrian Refugee Children and Families in Canada





refugee children and families, refugee service providers, needs assessment, community research


A needs assessment was conducted to identify the needs, challenges, and strengths of Syrian refugee children and families resettled in Canada and of services for these refugees. Ten refugee caregivers and 17 service providers were interviewed. Thematic analyses indicated significant needs and challenges experienced by refugees (e.g., persistent mental health issues, lack of in-person support), as well as challenges related to refugee services (e.g., discontinuity of mental health services). Several refugee strengths (e.g., optimism for the future and strong familial ties) and refugee service strengths (e.g., service collaboration) were identified, highlighting refugees’ adaptive capacities and points of service leverage to ensure refugees’ well-being and positive resettlement.


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Author Biographies

Redab Al-Janaideh, Centre for Leadership and Learning-YRDSB, Canada

Redab Al-Janaideh is a Project Manager at the Centre for Leadership and Learning-YRDSB, Canada. She can be reached at redab.al-janaideh@yrdsb.ca.

Maarya Abdulkarim, Department of Psychology, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada

Maarya Abdulkarim is a Master of Public Health student at the University of Toronto. She can be reached at maarya.abdulkarim@mail.utoronto.ca.

Ruth Speidel, Department of Psychology, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada

Ruth Speidel is an Assistant Professor at The University of Toronto Mississauga.  She can be reached at ruth.speidel@utoronto.ca.

Joanne Filippelli, Department of Psychology, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada

Joanne Filippelli is a former Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto Mississauga.  She can be reached at joanne.filippelli@utoronto.ca.

Tyler Colasante, University of Leipzig, Germany

Tyler Colasante is an assistant professor at Leipzig University. He can be reached at tyler.colasante@uni-leipzig.de.

Tina Malti, Faculty of Education, University of Leipzig, Germany

Tina Malti is a professor at the University of Leipzig. She can be reached at tina.malti@uni-leipzig.de.


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How to Cite

Al-Janaideh, R., Abdulkarim, M., Speidel, R., Filippelli, J., Colasante, T., & Malti, T. (2023). A Community-Based Needs Assessment of Resettled Syrian Refugee Children and Families in Canada. Refuge: Canada’s Journal on Refugees, 39(1), 1–29. https://doi.org/10.25071/1920-7336.41034

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