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Employing the evidence: Building employment and entrepreneurial opportunities for refugee newcomers through community-based settlement and inclusion practices

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Title: Employing the evidence: Building employment and entrepreneurial opportunities for refugee newcomers through community-based settlement and inclusion practices
Author: Schoemaker Holmes, Jacqueline
Department: School of Environmental Design and Rural Development
Program: Rural Planning and Development
Advisor: Caldwell, WayneFitzGibbon, John
Abstract: Brockville, Ontario, a community of 22,000 people along the bank of the St. Lawrence River in Eastern Ontario, has welcomed almost 80 refugee newcomers in three years' time. About half of these individuals are adults and half are children. The community was relatively unprepared for such a large influx of newcomers all at once – services and supports are largely in place for those newcomers who 'trickle in' as immigrants. This investigation looks at how the community can better support and provide service to those newcomers who have arrived with vast skill sets and so far, underutilized talents. Using a 2016 study into the best practices for implementing programming and services for assisting newcomers – specifically immigrants – in entrepreneurship, as well as attracting those entrepreneurs, this study looks at two central recommendations to assist in the building of entrepreneurial skill among these working age newcomers. This investigation finds that although the recommendations were originally made for the City of Brockville to implement, community-based groups – especially Refugees for Brockville – can collaborate with existing agencies to initiate programming that is culturally connected and community-integrated and will assist refugee newcomers on their professional trajectories regarding entrepreneurship and beyond.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10214/15964
Date: 2018
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