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  • How Do Refugees Come to Canada?
    Inland processing
    Person arrives in Canada, and makes a refugee claim
    The claim is processed in Canada through the refugee determination process at the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB)
    Approximately 15,000 refugees are accepted and landed in Canada each year
    Overseas processing
    Sponsored refugees have their interviews, medical, security and criminality checks conducted overseas.
    A refugee resettled from overseas is “landed” on arrival in Canada, and enters the country as a permanent resident.
    -Government-assisted refugees annual target, currently at 7,500
    -Mostly referred by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
    Privately sponsored refugees are additional to the government program
    -Current range 3,000-4,500 a year
  • Must:
    provide emotional and financial commitment to support the refugees for the duration of the sponsorship
    be located in the community where the refugees will live
    can form a partnership with cosponsor
  • Mostly religious, ethno-cultural and humanitarian organizations
    Local, regional or national
    Responsible for all sponsorships signed under its agreement
    Work with constituent groups and/or cosponsors
  • Eligibility
    Convention Refugee Abroad Class; Country of Asylum Class; Source Country Class
    Be outside of their country of origin
    Be outside of Canada *except if being considered in the source country class
    Have no other solution
    Be refered by the UNHCR or a private sponsor
  • From the Sponsorship undertaking
    During the Sponsorship Period the SPONSORING GROUP promises to provide:
    Meet the refugee on arrival in Canada
    Provide an orientation to life in Canada
    Provide suitable accommodation, basic furniture, and other household essentials
    Provide financial support for food, clothing, local transportation costs and other basic necessities of life
    Settlement Assistance and Support in the expected community of settlement Help the refugee(s):
    Complete required forms including health insurance, social insurance, and child tax benefits
    Learn English or French (e.g. help them getting into an ESL or FSL class)
    Understand the rights and responsibilities of permanent residents
    Find employment
    Get access to resources including, interpreters, community support groups, settlement services
    Register children in school and guide them in dealings with the school system
    Select a family physician and dentist
    Become independent.
    Sponsors also provide ongoing friendship and emotional support.
    Usually 12 months from the date of arrival of the refugee or until the refugee becomes self-supporting and no longer requires settlement assistance, whichever is less
    In exceptional circumstances, visa officers can ask for a longer sponsorship period (up to 36 months)
  • A5 b5 private refugee sponsorship

    1. 1. Private Sponsorship Of Refugees: What Is It? How Can Your Agency Get Involved ? Fall 2010 OCASI Professional Development Conference November 4, 2010
    2. 2. Overview 1. Refugees – facts and figures 2. What is private sponsorship of refugees? 3. Who can be a sponsor? 4. What are the responsibilities of a private sponsoring group? 5. Who can be sponsored? 6. How your agency can participate in private sponsorship? 7. Salient elements of the program 8. Support available 9. Questions and answers
    3. 3. Refugees - facts and Figures • End of 2009 43.3 million forcibly displaced people • 5.5 million refugees were in protracted situations – In 21 different countries • Developing countries host 80% of the world’s refugees • 41% of refugees and asylum seekers were children under 18 *2009 UNHCR Global Trends http://www.unhcr.org/4c11f0be9.html
    4. 4. How do refugees come to Canada? Inland processing Person arrives in Canada, and makes a refugee claim Overseas processing Refugees processed overseas Can be: – Government Assisted Refugees (GAR) – Privately Sponsored Refugees (PSR) – Joint Assistance Sponsorship (JAS)
    5. 5. Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program • PSR is a commitment by a group of individuals to sponsor and support persons, determined to be refugees under Canadian law. The Objectives of PSR are to: • Encourage the Canadian public’s involvement in the resettlement of refugees. • To continue a tradition of dedication by the voluntary sector to resettle and integrate refugees into Canadian society.
    6. 6. Who can sponsor? Groups of Five Community Sponsors Sponsorship Agreement Holders (SAHs)
    7. 7. Group of Five Any group of five Canadian citizens or permanent residents can sponsor refugees.
    8. 8. Community Sponsors Any organization, association or corporation, does not have to be incorporated, can sponsor up to two refugee families per year (finances permitting).
    9. 9. Sponsorship Agreement Holder An organization that has signed a Sponsorship Agreement with the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration which allows them to participate in the resettlement of refugees through the Private Sponsorship of Refugees program.
    10. 10. Who can be sponsored? Eligibility - Do they meet one of Canada‘s refugee definitions? - Do they have no other solutions? Admissibility - Criminality and Security - Medical
    11. 11. What is the sponsor responsible for? To provide the refugee during the sponsorship period (usually 12 months) with: • reception • care • lodging and • settlement assistance for the sponsored refugees in the expected community of settlement *the sponsored refugee cannot access social assistance during the sponsorship period*
    12. 12. Sponsorship costs Family Size 12 Months of Income Support Start-up Costs Estimated Total Annual Settlement Cost 1 $ 9,000 $ 2,800 $ 11,800 2 15,500 4,300 19,800 3 17,700 5,300 23,000 4 20,000 6,000 26,000 5 22,500 7,200 29,700 6 24,500 8,000 32,500 Additional member 1,550 1,000 2,500
    13. 13. How can your agencies get involved? Indirect: • Providing assistance to groups who are participating in private sponsorship of refugees • Promoting the program and encouraging Canadian citizens to sponsor refugees
    14. 14. How can your agencies get involved? Direct: • Sponsor as a Community Sponsor • Work with a SAH in your area to sponsor refugees • Apply to become a SAH
    15. 15. Salient elements of PSR program - Already resettle more than 200,000 refugees - Response to various international crisis - Acts as an expression of international solitary to refugee crisis - Allows groups to play a higher or comparable role as some resettlement countries
    16. 16. National Context Currently, the federal government is encouraging groups across Canada to participate in PSR. Summer 2010, Federal Bill C11 was approved to: • Increase settlement spots by 2,500 annually (500 more spaces for Government Assisted Refugees and 2,000 more for Privately Sponsored Refugees.) • Increase resources for overseas processing and the resettlement assistance program
    17. 17. Support Available • Refugee Sponsorship Training Program – Website, e-mail, phone – Print and electronic materials – Training support • Other organizations involved in the PSR program
    18. 18. THANK YOU! For further information, visit our website at www.rstp.ca or contact us: 416-290-1700 info@rstp.ca