‘Extraordinary initiative’: Canada’s private refugee sponsorship system exported as model for the world
The world could make strides in resolving the global refugee crisis by adopting Canada’s private sponsorship model, says Immigration Minister John McCallum.
Speaking at a news conference to officially launch the Global Refugee Sponsorship Initiative, which will train and advise other countries on how to establish programs that allow private individuals and groups to finance, facilitate and support refugees coming to the country, McCallum urged other countries to do more.
“I think one aspect of this crisis today is that there are not enough countries receiving enough refugees to solve the problem, to put it mildly,” he said. “So I do believe this initiative, which is essentially to export to interested countries in the rest of the world our privately sponsored refugees [program], could make a significant impact on the refugee crisis.”
Participants from Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Chile, Germany, New Zealand, the U.K. and the U.S. are in Ottawa for a three-day session on how Canada’s program could be replicated in their own countries. About 90 international delegates are attending.
Canada is dedicating six staff to spearhead the initiative to get the greatest “buy in” from other countries.
According to the department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, the private refugee sponsorship program has helped resettle more than 288,000 refugees since the late 1970s.
More than 13,000 Syrian refugees have been resettled in Canada through private sponsorship since November 2015.
Source: National News Agencyhttps://syrianewsgazette.com/extraordinary-initiative-canadas-private-refugee-sponsorship-system-exported-as-model-for-the-world/General