School-to-Work Transitions for Children and Youth with Refugee Experience
When transitioning from school to work, newcomer youth face a variety of challenges, including actual and perceived lack of Canadian work experience, lack of language fluency and basic educational qualifications, limited social networks, cultural differences, poor job search strategies, transportation difficulties, and negative stereotypes rooted in racism or cultural ignorance. Many youth feel they are forced into low-paying, low-skilled and demanding jobs, which negatively affects their mental and physical wellbeing.
“[W]hen I came here the system was different, totally different. … [T]o see that I have struggled for 2 years in a medical college and now when I was about to finish here is like I am back to square one … It was like, there was no point. … [L]ike everything’s coming to an end to me, because I value my academics a lot. And I’d like to study and I wanted to finish my career in medicine. But now it’s totally gone and I have to start from nowhere again. – Anyieth Maduk Manyuon, The Refuge: Starting Over – Refugee Youth and Interrupted Schooling