“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, Director, International Migration Initiative, Open Society Foundations
The Global Refugee Sponsorship Initiative works to assist and inspire countries around the world to open new pathways for refugee protection. We do this by sharing Canada’s history, experience, and leadership in private sponsorship and by supporting the creation of new programs that countries design to meet their unique needs. Through our work with local organizers, we aim to:
The Global Refugee Sponsorship Initiative (GRSI) is a joint initiative led by the Government of Canada; the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR); the Open Society Foundations; The Giustra Foundation; The Shapiro Foundation, and the University of Ottawa.
The GRSI was announced in New York City in conjunction with the UN and US Refugee Summits, and was formally launched in Ottawa, Canada in December 2016.
In June 2017, the GRSI launched its official website at the UNHCR’s Annual Tri-Partite Consultations on Resettlement in Geneva. See the press release about GRSI's recent activities.
In July 2017, the GRSI travelled to the United Kingdom to attend a roadshow aimed at promoting community sponsorship of refugees. See the press release about the UK Roadshow here.
In September 2017, the GRSI launched its Guidebook and announced its work on community sponsorship with several countries. Read the press release here.
Photo provided by the Giustra Foundation