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Kirill Gurvich’s doctoral dissertation, “Refugees’ integration in the Circumpolar region: a comparison of Norway and Canada,” seeks to discover the features of refugee integration from the position of social service providers at micro and macro levels. It is a comparative investigation consisting of three studies. The second, “The role of NGOs in refugees’ integration in the Circumpolar region: a comparison of Norway and Canada,” aims to discuss the key activities that NGOs perform to facilitate refugee integration. In addition, the relationship between NGOs and other civil actors, specifically the governmental organizations, will be investigated. During his time at the IMRC, Kirill is working on this study and collecting required data, including interviews with Canadian NGOs and refugees. This data and his preliminary interpretation of it will be the focus of his lecture.

About the speaker

Kirill Gurvich is originally from Arkhangelsk, Russia, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in the Sociology of Management from Northern Arctic Federal University. He then completed a master’s degree in Social Sciences, with a specialization in Northern Development, through a bilateral program between Nord University in Bodø, Norway, and the University of Northern British Columbia. He is currently a PhD candidate in Sociology in the Faculty of Social Science at Nord University, where his research focuses on migration, refugees, and issues in the Circumpolar region.

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