Making Home Away

So I sat them down and told them: the five of us are here, me, you and your father, wherever the five of us are, that place should be your heaven.
Discover their stories


Current 'Home' London, Ontario, Canada

Nabiha, a 34-year-old homemaker and mother (of two girls, and two boys) explains the greatest challenge faced by Syrian refugees in Canada:

"The most important and unique challenge I think is the language, and how to learn it.  The key purpose of the government is to make newcomers know the language, and if you ask anybody here, they will tell you that the key to this country is the English language.  If you know the language, you can move forward and do more. That this my opinion."

Nabiha's story foregrounds language skills as an essential precursor to integration.  In this blog, a refugee woman explains how language classes opened up a world of social interaction, training courses and new opportunities that she could never have imagined accessing beforehand.


This extract is from an interview conducted by SUZAN ILCAN during 2019 as part of the British Academy funded ‘Lost and Found: A Digital Archive of Migration, Displacement and Resettlement’  project’s Making Home Away archive.