Refugee Integration & Long-Term Health Outcomes in Canada


Successful refugee settlement services and policies to support healthy and flourishing newcomer communities Canada.


Refugee Resettlement

Inform promising practices for refugee resettlement and integration.

Settlement Strategies

Identify key factors that influence the success of different settlement strategies

Social Integration

Understanding how social integration influences mental and physical health.

A pan-Canadian longitudinal study funded by the CIHR

Refugee Integration and Long-term Health Outcomes in Canada (SyRIA.lth) is a pan-Canadian longitudinal study funded by The Canadian Institute for Health Research (CIHR). The project is a partnership between settlement service agencies and academic research institutions in three of Canada’s largest refugee resettlement provinces: British Columbia, Ontario, and Quebec.

We are looking at how different resettlement programs support the social integration of Government Assisted Refugees (GARs) and Privately Sponsored Refugees (PSRs) and the impact of integration pathways on their long-term physical and mental health. Our goal is to improve the health and well-being of new Canadians by understanding what leads to successful integration outcomes and for whom so that we can tailor resettlement programs to best suit newcomers’ needs and circumstances.

Principal Investigators

Our team brings together academics, refugee settlement agencies, and representatives from the Syrian newcomer population from across Canada.

Dr. Michaela Hynie

Principal Investigator

Dr. Susan McGrath

Co-Principal Investigator

Dr. Kwame McKenzie

Co-Principal Investigator


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