Pre and Post Migration Stressors and Marital Relations among Arab Refugee Families in Canada

Doha International Family Institute, University of Calgary, University of Guelph Research Project

The study seeks to explore the complexities associated with family relationships as well as marital relations in Arab refugee living in a Canada. Refugees’ pre-migration stressors influence their feelings of self-concept and their interpersonal relationships with immediate and extended family members. It can also impact their sense of belonging to their ethnic, national, religious or cultural groups as well as their relationships with individuals from the Canadian society. In addition, the post-migration challenges influence the traditional family structure and gender-roles that may create a shift within the refugee families’ dynamics and inhibit their ability to adapt to the new culture.