World Refugee Day – June 20, 2017

UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi on World Refugee Day 2017 Given the right environment our experience is that, refugees bring solutions, not problems. Inclusion requires opening our minds, hearts and communities to refugees. Each year on June 20th the United Nations, United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and countless civic groups around the world ...
By Bahar Taheri | June 20, 2017 | What's New

Weekly Update: July 12 – 18, 2017

Resource Centre – Children: East Vancouver Newcomer Camp: A free summer camp that provides recently arrived refugee children with the tools they need to thrive in their new home Research and Publications: AMSSA – Migration Matter Infosheet: Integration Outcomes of Resettled Refugees in Canada Success Stories: Metro News (June 18, 2017) – UBC students to host ...
By Bahar Taheri | June 19, 2017 | What's New

Weekly Updates: June 4 – 11, 2017

Resource Centre – Housing: Airbnb Welcome – Airbnb’s newest initiative to support refugees in Canada. A new platform that will allow relief organizations and nonprofits to seamlessly connect refugees, evacuees and other people in need with Airbnb hosts who have offered to temporarily house displaced people at no cost. The platform will also make it easier for ...
By Bahar Taheri | June 12, 2017 | What's New

ISSofBC Special Report: Syrian Government-Assisted Refugees (GARs) to British Columbia

251 Syrian Government-Assisted Refugees settled in five communities outside of Metro Vancouver in 2016. Learn more about these individuals and their settlement experiences in new report released by ISSofBC on June 6, 2017: Syrian Government-Assisted Refugees (GARs) to British Columbia: A Roadmap to Integration for GARs destined outside Metro Vancouver. The report is based on a telephone survey ...
By Bahar Taheri | June 8, 2017 | What's New

Weekly Updates: May 28 – June 3, 2017

Resource Centre: Settlement Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has re-vamped their website for new immigrants with new search options to locate settlement services in all regions – with an option for “services for refugees”. Education ISSofBC Bursaries – ISSofBC is encouraging education for refugee youth and newcomers to Canada with six bursaries. The deadline for ...
By Bahar Taheri | June 5, 2017 | What's New

We’re back!

The ISSofBC Refugee Hub is back, providing information, resources, news, tools in our popular weekly updates, along with monthly newsletters. We will post weekly updates every Monday for the week prior focusing on news/events/resources/programs and services for refugees across British Columbia. Monthly newsletters will be released in the last week of every month starting this ...
By Chris Stephenson | June 2, 2017 | What's New

March Update-Final Issue

The final issue of the Refugee Readiness Fund Newsletter is packed full of inspiring success stories from across BC and highlights the resettlement efforts in 2016. The Refugee Readiness Hub will remain to serve all those who continue to make newcomer refugees feel welcomed, settled and integrated in our communities. However, updates to content will ...
By Chris Stephenson | April 7, 2017 | What's New

Weekly Updates Mar 6 – Mar 12, 2017

This week the UNHCR released a report on based on research undertaken in 44 countries on four continents. It shows that for many refugees a connected device is a lifeline and a critical tool for self-empowerment. In addition the Federation of Canadian Municipalities has produced a Welcoming Communities toolkit on how municipal governments can create ...
By Chris Stephenson | March 20, 2017 | What's New

Weekly Updates Feb 21 – Mar 5, 2017

This week the Refugee Readiness Hub would like to highlight the success story of how Syrian women found confidence and community in Canada through catering events. Additional news includes 82 per cent of B.C. minorities have experienced discrimination or racism, graphic novel puts spotlight on violence against immigrant women, refugee welcome centre closes doors, B.C. ...
By Chris Stephenson | March 9, 2017 | What's New

Weekly Updates Feb 20 – Feb 26, 2017

As tax season is upon us, the Refugee Readiness Hub would like share tax returns for newcomers – a fact sheet from the Canadian Revenue Agency also available in French and Arabic. Additional resources include getting ready for my refugee hearing– a preparation guide and hearing room tour and a research slam – a short-term ...
By Chris Stephenson | March 7, 2017 | What's New

Weekly Updates Feb 13 – Feb 19, 2017

A number of university events are taking place this spring in BC including the Middle East and the Refugee Crisis: An Evening with Robert Fisk at Simon Fraser University March 7. Robert Fisk, an award winning Middle East correspondent for The Independent, will provide an on-the-ground perspective of events in the Middle East and the ...
By Chris Stephenson | February 28, 2017 | What's New

Weekly Updates Feb 6 – Feb 12, 2017

This week the Refugee Readiness Hub highlights BC Refugees JobConnect –  an online tool designed to support connection between job-ready refugees and employers. This Immigrant Employment Council of BC (IEC-BC) project collects information on the skills, education and work experience of BC’s recently arrived refugees to create occupational profiles or online resumes. These profiles are ...
By Chris Stephenson | February 28, 2017 | What's New

Weekly Updates Jan 30 – Feb 5, 2017

This week in the Refugee Readiness Hub, ISSofBC has released statistics on the resettlement of Government Assisted Refugees in Metro Vancouver in 2016. In addition, the UNHCR has produced a fact sheet on refugee resettlement worldwide and focuses on the United States. The housing resource section of the hub has also been updated with a ...
By Chris Stephenson | February 9, 2017 | What's New

Weekly Updates Jan 23 – Jan 29, 2017

A number of reports and publications were recently added to the Refugee Readiness Hub including a UNHCR report on the culture, context and mental health of Somali refugees, housing and settlement initiatives targeted at Manitoba’s incoming Syrian refugees,and a Syrian resettlement report from the Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights. In addition AMSSA has released ...
By Chris Stephenson | February 2, 2017 | What's New

Weekly Updates Jan 16 – Jan 22, 2017

This week in the Refugee Readiness Hub has added the Private Sponsorship of Refugees Toolkit. This practical web-based resource provides information about private refugee sponsorship to groups across Canada prepared by the Canadian Council for Refugees. Join a virtual meeting on how to use this resource on February 7. To respond effectively to the mental ...
By Chris Stephenson | February 2, 2017 | What's New

Weekly Updates Jan 9 – Jan 15, 2017

This week the Refugee Readiness Hub has added information from an Immigrant Employment Council of BC PowerPoint presentation on connecting refugees to employment. Interested candidates or employers can register for BC Refugees JobConnect here. IEC-BC has also released Onboarding Refugees, a toolkit to assist employers in BC to more effectively recruit, hire, onboard and retain a ...
By Chris Stephenson | January 24, 2017 | What's New

Weekly Updates Jan 2 – Jan 8, 2017

The Refugee Readiness Hub has added a new resource to assist in the application process of income assistance. The resource is available in both English and Arabic. In addition, this week in the news and success stories B.C. volunteer connects Syrian women refugees through love of homeland’s cuisine, refugees and their sponsors celebrate a year ...
By Chris Stephenson | January 13, 2017 | What's New

Weekly Updates Dec 26, 2016 – Jan 1, 2017

In the news this week Syrian refugees face challenges accessing childcare in Kamloops, refugee families in B.C. get help to navigate the Canadian school system, Vancouver hotel manager guided newcomers into Canadian life, Vancouver startup internships help refugees move into job market, and Syrian refugee family settling into new life in Burnaby, B.C....
By Chris Stephenson | January 13, 2017 | What's New

Weekly Updates Dec 19 – Dec 25, 2016

The Refugee Readiness Hub has added webinar training and supporting documents titled Syrian Refugees Month 13 & Beyond: Orientation on BC Income Assistance and Pathways to Employment for Refugees. The 2-hour training webinar and documents cover the following topics; an introduction to the Resettlement Assistance Program (RAP), Government Assisted Refugees (GARs) transition out of RAP ...
By Chris Stephenson | January 13, 2017 | What's New

Weekly Updates Dec 12 – Dec 18, 2016

Refugee Readiness Teams in BC are proactively planning for the settlement of refugees. Learn more by visiting new team websites for the Fraser Valley, Metro Vancouver and Vancouver Island. In addition, in the news this week Syrian refugees in Victoria worry about finding work, a milestone looms for Canada’s Syrian refugees: ‘Month 13’, voice messages ...
By Chris Stephenson | December 21, 2016 | What's New

Weekly Updates Dec 5 – Dec 11, 2016

With the unprecedented number of Syrian refugee arrivals to BC within the past year, ISSofBC took the opportunity to mark their first year in Canada by documenting their early settlement experiences and outcomes in a report titled Syrian Refugee Operation to British Columbia: One Year In. In the news this week racist incidents in B.C. ...
By Chris Stephenson | December 20, 2016 | What's New

Weekly Updates Nov 28 – Dec 4, 2016

This week a group of Syrian refugees gave back to the Vancouver community by preparing a multicultural dinner at the Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House, a Vancouver volunteer uses past skills as a cook to assist refugees, and student led sponsorships have allowed three refugees to not only study in Nanaimo but become permanent Canadian residents. ...
By Chris Stephenson | December 14, 2016 | What's New


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