Migration Policy Institute report – Volunteers and Sponsors: A Catalyst for Refugee Integration?

Community engagement and the importance of knowing how to support volunteers and sponsors. While volunteer efforts cannot replace specialized social service agencies or well-resourced social assistance programs, they offer unique resources that can be an invaluable complement to the services that professional agencies and caseworkers provide. Yet engaging volunteers or community sponsors is hardly a…

UNHCR Canada Report – Are refugees good for Canada? A look at Canadian refugee integration

The following study surveys the most recent data and research available to provide a glimpse into the lives and achievements of the one million refugees who arrived in Canada since 1980. It should serve as a useful source for those interested in explaining to various audiences how refugees integrate and contribute to Canadian society and…

CCR: Promoting Positive Opinion Toolkit

“Welcoming refugees benefits both communities where they settle and the people who are able to escape persecution and build new lives. Those involved in welcoming refugees know this well, but not everyone does. There is a constant need to counter misperceptions and promote better understanding about refugees. This toolkit is intended to help us get…

CCPA: Making Social Housing Friendly for Resettling Refugees

This work is an extension of a longer-term project that began in 2015, in which the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives partnered with Welcome Place, the housing arm of the Manitoba Interfaith Immigration Council (MIIC), which provides housing, legal and settlement supports for newly arriving refugees in Winnipeg. Three main objectives animate this larger research…

Immigration Research West: Yazidi Resettlement in Canada – Final Report 2018

ABSTRACT In 2017, Canada resettled 1,215 Yazidis (IRCC personal communication) refugees who have experienced extreme violence, torture, and displacement at rates that astonished the international community. Early reports from settlement agencies in Canada reveal that the high degree of trauma Yazidis have experienced has made their resettlement and integration very difficult. Almost all the Yazidis…

Information on Interim Federal Health for Refugee Claimants

Refugee claimants found eligible for the Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP) are entitled to receive short term health-care coverage funded by the Government of Canada. This info sheet describes what services are covered under the Interim Federal Health Program. Service providers may also find this tool on the Blue Cross / Medivae website useful. The…

Manitoba Settlement Guidebook & Checklist for Private Sponsors

This Settlement Guide Book was created to meet the needs of Manitoba Sponsorship Agreement Holders (SAHs), their Constituent Groups, Group of Five, and Community Groups who would like to engage in sponsoring refugees in Canada. We hope that this Guidebook will support private sponsors and as well as offer concrete guidance to those working to…

Child and Youth Refugee Research Coalition (CYRRC)

The Child and Youth Refugee Research Coalition (CYRRC) is an alliance of scholars, community partners and government agencies committed to promoting the successful integration of refugee children, youth and their families.  While the Coalition was formed to contribute meaningfully to policies and interventions to facilitate the integration of recently arrived Syrian refugees to Canada, it has a…

CCPA: Being Involved in Uninvolved Contexts – Refugee parent involvement in Children’s Education

This report by community-based researcher Fadi Ennab was published by the CCPA in collaboration with the Newcomer Education Coalition. The involvement of refugee parents in their children’s education is crucial for academic success and community development. Yet, schools often struggle in promoting the involvement of newcomer parents, especially in contexts where there are language, cultural…