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Welcome to the official website of The Immigrant Education Society’s 2020 conference on Refugee and Newcomer Women’s Emotional Un-wellness as a Barrier to Economic Integration.

The conference will take place at the beautiful new Central Public Library in Calgary, Canada on January 29-30, 2020.  This conference is organized by The Immigrant Education Society (TIES) in collaboration with the University of Calgary, Faculty of Nursing, and funded by a Status of Women Alberta Community Grant.  The conference will bring leading researchers, practitioners, experts as well as employers and students together with newcomer women that are currently undergoing the challenges of economic integration in various parts of Alberta and Canada.

As the conference dates draw near, this website will be updated regularly with relevant information for presenters and other participants.  Meanwhile, should you have any questions, please contact the organizers via the contacts link.

Why is this topic so important?

Women new to Calgary often find themselves preoccupied with immediate settlement concerns for several years after arriving, increasing their chances of economic isolation. This is particularly acute for women who care for either a child or a disabled/sickly adult in their family. Many of these women hesitate in approaching government health services for various real and perceived reasons, such as fear for the loss of their immigration status or of financial liability. Sometimes cultural beliefs such as the reluctance to share personal problems with strangers can restrict access to support services for many newcomer women, and the prospect of having to express themselves in English to professionals is difficult to overcome.

This creates precarity in newcomer women’s immediate economic security, as those who hesitate in accessing health services often resort to caring for their loved ones on their own, forgoing opportunities for employment or study. This in turn has a direct impact on the ultimate success of their integration.

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