Source: UNHCR December 2016
“There’s a tremendous desire from people around the world to respond to this crisis. The Global Refugee Sponsorship Initiative creates opportunities for citizens to engage with and participate in a humanitarian effort—for the benefit of refugees and for the benefit of the communities that they live in.” Gregory A. Maniatis, Senior Program Advisor, Open Society Foundations
Community-based programs allow private citizens and organizations to welcome refugees to their country. These people agree to provide funds for living expenses, and, almost more importantly, they offer social support to newcomers as they settle into their new communities.
Countries around the world can build programs that allow citizens to welcome refugees into their communities. Learn what’s involved in creating a program.
Canada started its private sponsorship program in 1979. Since then, sponsors have welcomed nearly 300,000 refugees. A community group in Newfoundland shares its experiencesPlaylearn more