Syrian refugees six months after arrival: resettlement factors affecting mental health and well-being
The federal government resettled 25,000 Syrian refugees in Canada between October 2015 and March 2016. In this webinar, Mahmoud Allouch, Syria Project Coordinator at the Arab Community Centre of Toronto (ACCT) discusses factors affecting the resettlement, integration and ultimately mental health of Syrian refugees. He presents social determinants of the health for Syrian refugees, starting from pre-2011 Syria, to the refugee experience, to being a newcomer in Canada. Mahmoud also shares the experience of the ACCT team in working with newly arrived Syrian refugees to this stage of their resettlement process (about half a year after arrival) including strengths, challenges, and recommendations for service providers.
Originally from Hama, Syria, Mahmoud studied in the US before coming to Toronto to continue his studies in the field of engineering. Moved by the news of the refugee influx, Mahmoud began as a volunteer with the Arab Community Centre of Toronto, and has now put his engineering career on hold to work at the Centre and to help resettle Syrian refugees in the GTA.