“This initiative aims to share Canada’s experience and support the adoption of similar models in other countries. The ultimate goal is to increase refugee protection by mobilizing the compassion that exists in communities around the world.”
Jennifer Bond, University of Ottawa

Press Releases and Updates

  • December 2021 - GRSI 5-Year Anniversary 
  • July 2020 - GRSI High Level Virtual Dialogue on Community Sponsorship and Third Country Solutions
  • December 2019 - GRSI Statement on the Global Refugee Forum
  • December 2019 - Joint Statement - Ministers from six countries (Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, and Spain) declare their support for community sponsorship
  • July 2018 - Joint Statement – Ministers from Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Argentina, Spain and New Zealand underline their support for community-based refugee sponsorship in advance of the 2018 United Nations General Assembly and agreement on the Global Compact on Refugees 
  • September 2017 - GRSI Guidebook Launch and Announcement of Country Work on Community Sponsorship
  • July 2017 - UK Community Sponsorship Roadshows
  • June 2017 - Launch of GRSI website at UNHCR's Annual Tri-Partite Consultations on Resettlement
  • December 2016 - GRSI launch
  • September 2016 - Canada, UNHCR and Open Society Foundations seek to increase refugee resettlement through private sponsorship
  • Celebrating 2 Years of GRSI