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Refugee sponsorship


Posted: Jul 3, 2018

When citizens of many countries around the world have their “hands tied” in the ways they can respond to the needs of refugees, Canada has made a way. At a time when we’re seeing outrage over separated families, the BVOR program provides a way for Canadians to help protect refugee families from around the world.

The UNHCR has identified 1.2 million refugees in need of resettlement globally. These are families who are most vulnerable, and will not be able to survive where they are currently situated.

In our world today, as the numbers of refugees in need of resettlement escalates, there is a decline in refugee protection.

In 2016, the number of global resettlement spaces available was 200,000, an all time high. These spaces are targets set out by governments on the number of refugees they will take in that year. The US has always been the leader globally, with a committed 180,000 spaces that year. As you can see, even then it was not enough.

Politics have taken a turn for the worst, and the global resettlement spaces available this year are a slim 60,000 – every space counts.

There are multiple streams through which refugees arrive in Canada, and BVOR is a stream through which opportunity currently exists.

The government has allowed Canadians to sponsor 1500 refugees through this program this year. To date, less than 200 have been matched. There are 1000 refugees awaiting sponsors, and are needing to be matched by October 31, 2018.

In a context where there are lower global resettlement spaces available as a result of countries closing their doors and building up walls, every space counts! A resettlement space not used is a refugee left behind. 

Visit mcco.ca/supporting-refugees to learn how you can be matched with a BVOR family before the end of the year! See the attached BVOR FAQ document, and contactkayleeperez@mcco.ca today. 

 



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