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Public Engagement in Experiential Futures

Informal newcomer networks

Some of the main challenges newcomers face upon migration to Canada include employment, housing, language, and cultural integration. Over time, as immigrants improve their language skills, find better jobs, increase their knowledge of the culture and gain a better sense of identity and their place in Canadian life, they move towards increased participation in the societal and economic life of the country. Because of this, the relationships between informal cultural networks and formal organizations is key to helping newcomers navigate Canadian communities. This has already taken shape in the form of social services in community hubs that are run and maintained by newcomers.

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