Understanding the developmental well-being of refugee children in Canada and Australia

Project number: 
19-101
Approval date: 
Thursday, December 5, 2019
Principal Investigator: 
Gagne,Monique H
Institution: 
Human Early Learning Partnership, UBC School of Population and Public Health
Funding Agency: 
SSHRC
Datasets requested: 
Middle Years Development Instrument (Human Early Learning Partnership)
Births (BC Vital Statistics Agency)
Consolidation file (BC Ministry of Health)
Edudata (MED)
Early Development Instrument (Human Early Learning Partnership)
Consolidation - demographic (Ministry of Health)
Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) Permanent Residents
consolidation - census geocodes
Research objective: 

The overarching objective of the study is to investigate the developmental well-being of refugee children in Canada and Australia. Please note that the current Data Access Request refers to the Canadian component only. Although we will make efforts to synchronize our analyses with those in Australia, the Canadian results will be produced independently. Only final, aggregated results will be presented alongside the Australian results and at no time will individual-level data be merged across countries.

Our objective will be achieved by way of three overarching research questions:
(1) How do refugee children score across domains of development in Canada and Australia and in comparison to the respective general populations (i.e., immigrant and non-immigrant children)?
(2) How are differences in scores within and across domains predicted by migration-related factors such as country of arrival, age of arrival, and other social-demographic factors?
(3) After accounting for migration-related and social-demographic factors, can differences in scores within and across domains be predicted by community or national contexts?


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