International Migration Research Centre

Document Type

Policy Points

Publication Date



Global Governance


Issues of gender and sexuality affect refugee experiences of flight, resettlement and integration, yet often remain unacknowledged and unaddressed in policy and programming to support those seeking refuge in Canada. There exists a power dimension between those being served (refugees) and those providing services and policymakers. This Policy Points presents core issues at the intersection of gender, sexuality and seeking refuge discussed during the "Up/Rooted: Gender, Sexuality and Refuge in Canada" workshop held at the Balsillie School of International Affairs, Waterloo, Ontario. Participants from a range of community organizations working with refugees, community members, persons with refugee backgrounds, researchers, and students came together to explore the challenges and opportunities for people arriving from refugee experiences in the Kitchener-Waterloo and Cambridge region. This Policy Points contributes to the broader discourse on refugee resettlement and integration in Canada by unpacking findings in four key thematic areas: (1) health and wellness; (2) families; (3) social protection and economic security; and (4) communities and identities.