The Impact of Wars and Conflicts on Arab Families

The Doha International Family Institute (DIFI), Muslim Resource Centre for Social Support and Integration (MRCSSI), University of Calgary, and University of Guelph are conducting a Research Project titled “Pre-and Post-migration Stressors and Marital Relations Among Arab Refugees in Canada” funded by the Doha Family Institute (DIFI).

The preliminary findings of the ongoing research was presented at the second annual conference on Family Research and Policy, titled “The Impact of Wars and Conflicts on Arab Families”, held by the Doha International Family Institute (DIFI) in Doha, Qatar on October 17-18, 2016.

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.


On October 26-24, 2016, a two day training workshop on restoring peace and safety in families impacted by family violence was conducted in Ras Alkhaima, United Arab Emirates by our Executive Director, Dr. Mohammed Baobaid. The training was well attended and well received. The training’s aim was to discuss best strategies to integrate Canadian best practices in responding to family violence within Arabic cultural context. Canadian perspective of family violence prevention and intervention strategies as well as the culturally family safety response approach that is developed and implemented at MRCSSI was part of the training. About 30 professionals from the community policing, social support centers of the police, domestic violence agencies, social services as well as researchers and professors attended the training.