Strangers in New Homelands Conference

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Strangers in New Homelands Conference
11th Anniversary Celebration

Assisting Vulnerable Migrant Population Groups to Succeed Amid Insurmountable Barriers in Receiving Societies

OCTOBER 31 -  NOVEMBER 2, 2018
Canad Inns Destination Centre Polo Park
1405 St. Matthews Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada


Wednesday, October 31, 2018 - Formal Program starts at 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, November 1, 2018 - Formal Program starts at 8:30 a.m.
Friday, November 2, 2018 - Formal Program starts at 8:30 a.m.


Multicultural receiving countries usually assist in the integration of immigrants and refugees by removing most barriers to their participation in their new homeland, often leading to positive outcomes and a stronger sense of belonging in the long run. For example, the children of immigrants have better educational outcomes in Canada than in any other Western society with many outperforming the children of non-immigrant parents. However, some migrants face additional challenges shaped by systemic inequities, particularly with regard to their lack of access to resources and decision-making processes that inevitably have a negative impact on their lives. As a result, this population is more vulnerable to poor educational, health, and social processes.

Our 2018 Strangers in New Homelands conference will focus on improving outcomes for vulnerable migrant populations in Canada, United States, Europe, and other receiving societies where they face additional integration barriers. Specifically, presentations and workshops will examine how being a migrants interacts with potential oppressions and markers of identity such as race, gender, sexual orientation, immigration status, age, religion, language, and socioeconomic status.































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Faculty of Social Work
521 Tier Building, University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3T 2N2 


Planning Committee

Dr. Michael Baffoe, Conference Chair, University of Manitoba

Dr. Lori Wilkinson, University of Manitoba

Prof. Tuula Heinonen, University of Manitoba

Dr. Lewis Asimeng-Boahene, Penn State University, Harrisburg-PA, USA

Dr. Buster Ogbuagu, University of St. Francis, Jolliet, Ill, USA

Dr. Carlos Parra, La Sierra University, California, USA

Dr. Stacey Wilson-Forsberg, Wilfrid Laurier University, Brantfort, Canada

Omar Abdullahi, All Nations Family Resource Centre

Alfred Sadhr Koineh, Mount Carmel Clinic

Judy Williams, Indigenous & Municipal Relations, Province of Manitoba

Abdikheir Ahmed, Immigration Partnership Winnipeg (IPW)