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Staying in touch, connecting, integrating: Social media use of newly arrived Syrian refugee youth in Canada is a SSHRC grant in the Targeted Research theme: Syrian Refugee Arrival, Resettlement and Integration. This grant is a result of a partnership initiative with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and was established in order to support research and mobilize knowledge in a timely way on key issues and events in the early days of the migration and resettlement process.

The research team will investigate social media use behavior of newly arrived Syrian refugees and the potential to facilitate their wellbeing, inclusion, and integration in the Canadian society. Specific objectives are to: (1) examine where, when, how, and why Syrian refugee youth use social media; (2) examine the potential of social media use to facilitate newly arrived Syrian refugee youth integration through building new networks and maintaining old connections; and (3) provide policy recommendations and innovative research avenues on social media use for refugee resettlement and integration.

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