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In this photo from 2015, newly arrived Syrian refugees take part in a mass at the Armenian Community Centre in Toronto. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Federal election 2021: What the Conservatives don’t understand about refugee resettlement

The Conservative pledge to replace government-assisted refugee places with more private sponsorship focuses on the integration potential of refugees rather than their protection needs. That’s wrong.
A Syrian refugee mother and her son attend an announcement in 2015 about a building being constructed to house and aid refugees, which opened a year later in Vancouver. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

How a tool called Pairity is using data to gauge community support for refugees

Favourable public opinion helps create political will to increase resettlement and alleviate the global refugee crisis. A new tool could help build supportive social networks for refugees.
A picture taken in the late 1970s shows a group of refugees (162 persons) who arrived on a small boat which sank a few meters from the shore in Malaysia. UNHCR/K. Gaugler

The story behind the world’s first private refugee sponsorship program

Forty years ago, the Canadian government applied its new program for private sponsorship of refugees allowing Canada to welcome the largest number of Southeast Asian refugees in the world.

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