Investigating Integration: The Geographies of the WUSC Student Refugee Program at the University of British Columbia

Robyn Plasterer

Abstract


This paper examines the geographies of resettlement and
integration with respect to the Student Refugee Program
(SRP) of the World University Service of Canada (WUSC).
As Canada’s only program to link resettlement with postsecondary
education, the SRP makes manifest intriguing
geographies that intersect international, national, and
local scales. Th is study carried out the first qualitative
research of the WUSC SRP at the University of British
Columbia (UBC). It draws from good settlement practices,
refugees’ existing skill sets, and refugees’ perspectives
to examine how refugee students’ human capital can best
contribute to Canadian integration.

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