Welcome to the official website of Conference on “Refugee and Newcomer Women’s Emotional Un-wellness as a Barrier to Economic Integration”.

The conference will take place at the Central Public Library in Calgary, Canada on 29-30 January, 2020.  This conference is organized by the Calgary Immigrant Educational Society (CIES) 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.

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, which in turn has a direct impact on the ultimate success of their integration.

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.

For information about submitting abstracts, please refer to the Call for Abstracts through the link here.