Source: UNHCR December 2016
GRSI helps countries create opportunities for their citizens to participate directly in the humanitarian effort to support the world's refugees via community-based sponsorship programs.
Community-based programs allow private citizens and organizations to welcome refugees to their country. These people agree to provide funds for living expenses and 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 more than 300,000* refugees. A community group in Newfoundland shares its experiences.
*As of January 2017.