In April 2015, the Security Governance Group launched a project on behalf of Public Safety Canada to study the domestic impacts of current conflicts abroad on radicalization and extremism in Canada. The study focuses on resilience at the community level and will include a literature review, focus group research, key expert interviews and media scanning. The project is funded by Public Safety Canada / Sécurité publique Canada.
Exploring the Impacts of Conflicts Abroad on Diaspora Communities in Canada
By Janel Smith, Mark Sedra, Amarnath Amarasingam and Geoff Burt
This report reviews the extent to which current and recent conflicts in countries and regions abroad affect related ethnic and religious communities within Canada. Four specific communities were studied: the Afghan Diaspora, the Somali Diaspora, the Syrian Diaspora, and the Tamil Diaspora. The varied responses of these diaspora communities was analyzed, with a specific focus on the risks of radicalization and the demonstration of resilient forms of behaviour.
CBC News highlights findings from the project on June 05, 2016 in “Federal study disputes claim diaspora communities breed extremists: Research says RCMP, CSIS and police need to build ties with ethnic communities to counter radicalization”.