Our Research

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IRRI seeks to utilize research as a tool to improve the welfare of immigrants and refugees. Our research projects focus on studying health, mental health, behavioral health, poverty and immigration policy. We strive to make our research available and accessible to the community at large.

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Immigration and Neighborhood Change on Buffalo’s West Side

Principal Investigator

Robert M. Adelman

Aysegul Balta Ozgen

Watoii Rabii

We examine neighborhood change on Buffalo’s West Side. Although the potentially positive relationship between immigration and neighborhood revitalization has been discussed in the media, it has not received scholarly attention. We analyze census tract data, interview data from community leaders and organizational representatives, and content analysis data of newspaper articles.

Burmese Community Behavior Health Survey

The BCBHS study is a collaborative community-based research project conducted in partnership with the Burmese Community Support Center and Burmese Community Services, Inc. The study seeks to narrow the knowledge gap in understanding the behavioral health conditions among the Burmese refugee community in Buffalo, NY.

Barriers to Healthcare Use among Refugees from Burma in Buffalo

Principal Investigator

Access to quality, affordable healthcare services is a human rights issue, especially for refugees. The purpose of this study is to identify the extent to which refugees from Burma experience barriers in utilizing physical and mental health services in Buffalo. 

An Evaluation of Financial Capacity Building Programs for NAPCA's Senior Community Service Employment Program Participants

Principal Investigator

This project will evaluate a financial capacity building program for NACPA’s Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) participants in Los Angeles and New York City.

The Quality of Life in Asian Immigrant Elders: Focusing on Gambling Behaviors

Principal Investigator

The purpose of this study is to explore gambling issues (i.e., the experiences, cultural meanings and definitions of problem gambling) among Asian immigrant elders from their own accounts.