Safe employment integration of recent immigrants and refugees

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Institute for Work & Health
481 University Avenue, Suite 800
Toronto, Ontario

Dr. Agnieszka Kosny
Scientist, Institute for Work & Health
Basak Yanar
Research Associate
Institute for Work & Health
Dina Al-Khooly
Practicum Student, Institute for Work & Health

Settlement and integration involve helping recent immigrants and refugees find work and become economically solvent. Many newcomers end up in survival jobs that expose them to hazards and are precarious and physically demanding. In this plenary, presenters Dr. Agnieszka Kosny, Dr. Basak Yanar and Dina Al-khooly summarize a recent study investigating how newcomers come to understand their rights and where there are gaps in resources and training. They offer suggestions on ways to help recent immigrants and refugees successfully prepare for and remain in safe, quality jobs.

About presenter

Dr. Agnieszka Kosny is a scientist and the chief privacy officer at the Institute for Work & Health in Toronto, and has over 14 years of experience in using qualitative research methods to explore occupational health and safety and workers' compensation issues. Kosny holds a PhD in public health sciences from the University of Toronto. In 2014, she completed a two-year term as a research fellow at Monash University in Australia before returning to her position as a scientist at the Institute. Kosny’s research interests focus on new immigrant workers, return to work after injury and the functioning of workers’ compensation systems.

About presenter

Photo of Basak Yanar

Dr. Basak Yanar is a research associate at the Institute for Work and Health.

Yanar has expertise in qualitative research and has coordinated Institute projects on safe employment integration of newcomers to Canada, disability management in the Ontario municipal sector, and experience and reporting of workplace violence in Ontario hospitals.

About presenter

Dina Al-Khooly is a practicum student at the Institute for Work & Health. She holds a master's in public health from the University of Waterloo, and is a leader in Vision for Science's STEP Community Leaders program.

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