Nature-based leisure and refugee integration

Jane Hurly: One touch of Nature: Nature-based leisure may hold a key to refugee integration

The question of how to integrate refugees into society has politicians scratching their heads. Nature, it turns out, may hold a key.

Earlier this year I completed my master’s degree thesis having conducted research looking at the impact of nature-based leisure on the integration of refugees in Canada. My interest in this research sprang from my own experience of leisure in Canada’s national parks, and the mountain parks in particular, as a new immigrant over 30 years ago. Drawn to those magnificent and iconic landscapes I’d only seen in books and on postcards awakened in me a sense of belonging in my new country and I return to them often for solace, restoration, and peace...

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