17:00 – 18:00 - SRP: Sustaining the Program Together
18:00 – 18:30 - Questions and Conclusion
The Student Refugee Program is a refugee resettlement program that enables refugee students to enter Canada as permanent residents and pursue their education at Canadian universities & colleges.
The UN defines a refugee as a person who “owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group, or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality , and is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself or the protection of that country”.
WHO IS A REFUGEE?
A DIVERSITY OF EXPERIENCES AND BACKGROUNDS
Refugees in the world as of Dec 2010: 10.55 million refugees
New permanent residents to Canada in 2010: 280,636
Refugees sponsored for Canadian resettlement in 2010: 12,098
Privately Sponsored Refugees in 2010: 4,833
WUSC Sponsorships for 2011: *78 (+2)
INLAND CLAIMS OVERSEAS SELECTION REFUGEE PROTECTION IN CANADA Government assisted Private Sponsorship Joint Assistance Sponsorship Agreement Holders Groups of 5 Community Groups WUSC
WUSC is among over 70 Sponsorship agreement holders (SAH) in Canada and 10 in Quebec, but is the only organization in the world that pairs EDUCATION with refugee resettlement. UNIQUE IN THE WORLD
PRIVATELY SPONSORED REFUGEES
Private sponsorship entails a guarantee to provide financial and personal settlement support
For 12 – 36 months
COUNTRIES OF ORIGIN OF SRP STUDENTS
Afghanistan,Burma, Burundi, Bhutan, Comoros Islands, Zaire/DRC, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guatemala, Iran, *Iraq, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Togo, Uganda, Zaire and Zimbabwe.
The Canadian High Commission
The Governments of Countries of Asylum (Kenya, Malawi, & Syria)
Windle Trust (Kenya)
Jesuit Refugee Services
International Organization of Migration (IOM)
Who is eligible for selection?
How are SRP students selected?
What kinds of preparation do they receive?
What happens when they come to Canada?
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
17-25 years old
Recognized as refugee by country of asylum
Completed secondary school
Prominent in English or French
Self-reliant and Mature
Single without Dependents
Interview Circulation of Dossier Placement Medical Exam Education, English Classes, IOM Orientation Selection Academic Support CIC Forms Selection of Candidates Transition for end of sponsorship Finding a Job Applications Course Registration Welcome Admission Overseas In-Canada Fundraising Fundraising Public Awareness Public Awareness Social Support
The entire process takes around 2 years, but in terms of refugee sponsorship more generally this is a very short period of time. PREPARING FOR SPONSORSHIP
SRP IN CANADA The preparations for sponsorship take a minimum of 8 months, but for the first sponsorship preparations usually begin 2 years in advance
… there is someone to lend a helping hand… ONCE THE SPONSORED STUDENTS SET FOOT ON CANADIAN SOIL...
LOCAL COMMITTEE RESPONSIBILITIES
Commit to providing the sponsored student with financial, moral, and emotional support for a minimum of 12 months;
Ensure the support of the university or college and liaise with admissions and registrar;
Establish a budget and acquire the funds to support the student during their sponsorship;
Help the sponsored student prepare for autonomy after the sponsorship period.
Frequency of sponsorships on campus 1 student every 4 year to 4 students per year
Structure of sponsoring Local Committee:
Student-led, faculty/admin supported
Faculty/admin-led, student supported
Student government-led, staff supported
VARIETY OF SPONSORSHIP MODELS
When undertaking the sponsorship of a refugee, sponsoring groups commit to providing a minimum of 12 months of Financial support
FUN STUFF THROUGHOUT THE YEAR
SRP promotional materials
posters, buttons, t-shirt templates, a fact sheet, etc
Profiles of former sponsored students
And much more!
WUSC’s Campus Engagement Team is always available to help! RESOURCES
THANK YOU AND GOOD LUCK!
Managing SRP Finances
November 12, 2011
How do SRP finances differ?
Cost of sponsorship
EACH SPONSORING COMMITTE IS UNIQUE
COST OF SPONSORSHIP CAN BE BETWEEN $20,000-$30,000, DEPENDING ON LOCATION