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Degree

Master of Arts

Program

Education

Supervisor(s)

Jason Brown

Abstract

Immigration is a controversial issue in Canada. With the negative attitudes regarding Islamic cultures, Muslim immigrants to Canada may be most at risk of experiencing discrimination. Guided by the bi-dimensional frameworks of acculturation and cultural identity, this qualitative study aimed to understand the adjustment experience for Muslim immigrant adolescents. Data was collected through one-hour, semi-structured interviews with six Muslim adolescent youth between the ages of 16 and 20, who were living in Canada for up to five years. Participants were recruited through local community agencies, a post-secondary institution and residential neighbourhood advertisements. Data was transcribed and thematic analysis was used to identify themes that described the experience of Muslim newcomer adolescents. The results of this study add to the scant body of literature that currently exists, as well as present a deeper understanding of Muslim youth by describing the experience of this often misunderstood and vulnerable group from their own perspective.


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