African Child and Youth Migration Network: Research on Internally Displaced People in Ethiopia
Tuesday, April 20, 2021, 12:00 pm - 12:50 pm via Zoom
with Dr. Bukola Salami, Associate Professor, Principal Investigator: Health and Immigration Policies and Practices Research Program (HIPP), University of Alberta, Faculty of Nursing

African immigrants represent 13.4% of the 7.5 million foreign-born individuals in Canada, making Africa the second-highest source region for immigrants to Canada. They are a growing population in Canada. Our earlier ethnographic research shows that, in Canada, African immigrant children have diverse challenges that must be investigated within the context of migration. Poor outcomes experienced by African children include relatively high rates of school dropout, gun violence, drug use and trafficking, criminal and terrorist activities. Despite emerging international literature on poor outcomes of African immigrant children, international partnerships that investigate the experiences of African migrant children across transnational spaces are very rare. Moreover, limited studies have collected data specifically from African migrant children.  Our project will develop an international research partnership to examine the experiences of African migrant children. One objective is to examine the experiences of vulnerable African migrant children and how they navigate their everyday lives in Ethiopia. Our study will include case studies on refugee and internally displaced African children in Ethiopia. In this session, we will present the results of data collected from Ethiopia.
Dr. Bukola Salami received her BscN (Honors) from the University of Windsor, Masters in Nursing in Nursing Administration from the University of Toronto and her PhD in Nursing from the University of Toronto. She has recently been awarded the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame Award (2020) and the College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta Nursing Excellence Award (2019).  She is the principal investigator for the Health and Immigration Policies and Practices (HIPP) Research Program. Her current program of research seeks to bridge the gaps between immigration policy and health policy and practices. Her research is largely situated within the critical social paradigm and focuses on: Black people and African immigrant health, health and well-being of temporary foreign workers, immigrant child and youth health, the mental health of immigrants, and international nurse migration.  She is particularly interested in how the intersection of gender, race, class, nationality and immigration status influence the health of vulnerable migrant groups in Canada as well as the policy and practice implications. Currently she is leading a network of researchers from twelve countries focused on African child and youth well being in the context of migration and displacement.