The State of Private Refugee Sponsorship in Canada: Trends, Issues and Impacts

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The State of Private Refugee Sponsorship in Canada: Trends, Issues and Impacts

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From academic, policy, and sponsors’ perspectives, what is known about the private sponsorship of refugees in Canada? Since its inception in the 1970s, the federal government has enabled the private sponsorship of tens of thousands of refugees across the country. From the outset, the government pledged to resettle one refugee for every privately sponsored individual when the program was first introduced. Yet government plans for 2017 suggest there will be more privately sponsored refugees than government-assisted refugees. Riding a current wave of positive public opinion and high level of engagement in refugee sponsorship by private citizens in Canada, this brief provides a critical overview of what is known about private refugee sponsorship; identifies some gaps and areas of concern; and analyzes in brief negative impacts of policy changes to PSR processing made over the last five years.

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  • Jennifer Hyndman, William Payne, York University & Shauna Jimenez, East Kootenay Friends of Burma, "The State of Private Refugee Sponsorship in Canada: Trends, Issues and Impacts", York University, 2 December 2016.