Gain perspective on the current refugee crisis and the resettlement movement unfolding in Canada, British Columbia and your community. The following page provides learning factsheets, reports and publications from a provincial, national and international perspective.
Provincial – British Columbia:
Immigrant Services Society of BC (ISSofBC)
- April 2016 – The report Syrian Refugee Settlement Patterns in Metro Vancouver: Changing Patterns and New Influences released by ISSofBC, provides a glimpse of where Syrian GARs who arrived between November 4, 2015 and December 31, 2016 currently reside
- October 2017 – ISSofBC: GAR Bulletin for 3rd quarter of 2017
- ISSofBC GAR Bulletin: Statistical Highlights for 2nd Quarter – April 1, 2017 to June 30, 2017
- Syrian Government-Assisted Refugees (GARs) to British Columbia: A Roadmap to Integration for GARs destined outside Metro Vancouver released by ISSofBC on June 6, 2017. The report is based on a telephone survey of 45 Syrian GAR heads of households representing over 250 individuals who arrived in BC between February and April 2016. The report gives insight into successes and challenges of refugees settling in different regions across BC, including smaller centres & remote cities.
- Syrian Refugee Settlement Patterns in Metro Vancouver: Changing Patterns and New Influences released by ISSofBC, provides a glimpse of where Syrian GARs who arrived between November 4, 2015 and December 31, 2016 currently reside.
- Syrian Refugee Operation to British Columbia: One Year In – 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.
- Syrian Refugees Month 13 & Beyond – Presentation Powerpoint slides from webinar hosted by AMSSA, ISSofBC and funded by The Province of British Columbia.
- What is ISSofBC funded to do? – From creating a provincial-wide online portal to delivering workshops
- Key phases for Syrian refugee movement to Metro Vancouver – From pre-arrival to settlement services
- Refugee Resettlement to Canada, BC and Metro Vancouver – Historical data from 2010-2015
- Syrian Refugee Resettlement in BC – What does the resettlement of Government Assisted Refugees mean for BC?
- RAP benefits for GARs in BC – What financial assistance do GARs receive?
- RAP and Settlement Services for GARs – services for GARs under the RAP program
- RAP Activities and Forms – key form and activities undertaken with the first 3 weeks in BC
- Important – 2016 Tax Returns – English & Arabic notice for clients wishing file tax returns
- How do I access online services – English & Arabic information on accessing the Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation services.
- Save time by going online – English & Arabic guide to accessing the BC social services My Self Serve account
- Self Serve Assessment Application – English & Arabic application process for social services
- Services for Newcomers to Canada – English & Arabic fact sheet
- Canada-BC Job Fund – Supports for Refugees MJTST Labour Market Programs -Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training
- BC Income Assistance Application Orientation English Version/ Arabic Version – by the Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation (MSDSI)
University of British Columbia:
- Report of an Expert Workshop on Understanding Refugee Law as Shared Responsibility – Convened by the University of British Columbia in collaboration with the University of Michigan’s Program in Refugee and Asylum Law Vancouver, Canada July 20-22, 2016
- Vancity report – B.C. bound Syrian refugees to boost local economy
- Vancity report – survey on instances of discrimination or racism
Province of BC – Provincial Government Reports and Factsheets:
- Students from Refugee Backgrounds – An indepth guide from the BC Ministry of Education
City of Surrey:
- Resource Guide for Supporting Children with Refugee Experience – Surrey Welcoming Communities Project Refugee Myth Busting Campaign
- Art & Stories by Children refugees in Surrey – A collection of stories
- Report:Mapping Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans & Queer Migrant Needs in Surrey, BC – A report commissioned by DIVERSEcity
- Refugee Response Team – Fraser Valley: The FV-RRT has a published multiple reports and info-sheets with information on housing, healthcare, etc.
- Migration Matter Infosheet: Integration Outcomes of Resettled Refugees in Canada
University of Victoria (UVIC):
- UVIC Centre for Youth & Society– Refugee Youth – Good practices in Urban Resettlement Contexts – May 2016
Immigrant Employment Council of BC (IEC–BC):
- November 1, 2017 –IEC–BC: Mapping Refugee Skills and Employer Needs in Surrey and Abbotsford:
- “This report fills this gap by identifying the occupational skills and experience of refugees in Surrey and Abbotsford who are currently seeking employment. The project also uncovers the challenges faced by employers in connecting to the refugee talent pool in these two communities. This initiative, which ran from November 2016 to October 2017, was informed by substantive input from 42 employers in Surrey and Abbotsford, and it maps the skills and occupational profiles of 144 refugees living in these communities. The implementing partners were DIVERSEcityCommunity Resources Society, Surrey Board of Trade, Abbotsford Community Services and Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce. It was funded by the Province of British Columbia”.
BC Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training Fact Sheets
- Supports for Immigrants and Refugees in British Columbia – Province lists services and supports to newcomers
- Services for refugees in BC – List of support and services from the federal and provincial governments.
Vancouver Public Library:
- Vancouver Public Library has compiled a list of books: Refugee life as experienced and told by the refugees themselves. There are currently 60 million refugees globally.
National – Canada:
- Filling the Gap: Volunteer & Settlement Sector Interactions in Response to the Syrian Refugee Crisis – September 2017
- Matching Government-Assisted Refugee Newcomers – December 2016
- The Resilience Guide: Program Strategies for Responding to Trauma in Refugee Children
Mental Health Commission of Canada:
Public Health Agency of Canada:
University of Ottawa:
- Tracking the Interregional Mobility of Recently Arrived Refugees in Canada – By Fernando Mata, School of Sociological and Anthropological Studies, University of Ottawa – The purpose of this study was to track the interregional mobility among three cohorts of refugees arriving to Canada between 2000 and 2013. The refugee sample consisted of approximately 181,000 individuals comprising government assisted, privately sponsored, landed in Canada and refugee dependants.
The Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers:
- November 2016 – Provision Settlement Services for LGBTQ Newcomers to Edmonton: Identifying Needs and Best Practices.
Canadian Council for Refugees (CCR):
- Canadian Council for Refugees: It’s time to lead. Again. Always.
- CCR – Spring 2017 Consultation Report: This report includes an introduction with general information about this Consultation, as well as a summary of workshops and plenary sessions and a synopsis of participant evaluations.
- Refugee Reform 2016 – CCR Recommendations – In the wake of the government’s evaluation report on the 2012 changes to Canada’s refugee determination system and the new government’s commitments, consideration is being given to modifications to the system.
- Refugee Transportation Loan Infographic – The Canadian Council for refugees has put together an infographic to explain and make several recommendations concerning Refugee Transportation Loans.
- Factsheet: Global Refugee Resettlement Needs 2017
- Infographic – What is Canadian the Blended Visa Office-Referred (BVOR) Program?
- The UNHCR Canada has released a series of info-graphic 1-pagers providing more information on the Refugee Claimant and Resettlement System in Canada:
Immigration and Refugees Board of Canada (IRB):
- October 2017 – Immigrations and Refugees Board of Canada: IRB has released statistics on refugee claimants in Canada up to September 2017. Statistics included are:
- Statistics on refugee claims by irregular border crossers
- Statistics on refugee appeals by irregular border crossers
- Statistics on irregular border crossers subject to a detention review
- Statistics on total detention reviews concluded for irregular border crossers
- Statistics on admissibility hearings for irregular border crossers
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC):
- Information Bulletin – Government-Assisted Refugee (GAR) Resettlement in Canada
- IRCC – Factsheet: (Myth) Are asylum seekers queue jumpers?
- Information Bulletin – Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) – Privately Sponsored Refugee (PSR) Resettlement in Canada.
- Information Bulletin – Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) – Blended Visa Office-Referred (BVOR) Refugee Resettlement in Canada
- Evaluation of the Resettlement Programs – The programs under review include Government Assisted Refugee (GAR) program, Privately Sponsored Refugee (PSR) program, Blended Visa – Office Referred (BVOR) program, and the Resettlement Assistance Program (RAP).
- Frequently Viewed Publications – Make sure you’re up to date with new and updated publications from the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada.
- October 2017 – IRCC has released a number of recordings, videos and info-sheets on the topic of irregular border crossings and claiming asylum in Canada.
Journal on Refugees
- Refuge – Canada’s Journal on Refugees: A Study of the Experiences of Integration and Settlement of Afghan Government-Assisted Refugees in Halifax, Canada by Shiva Nourpanah
Federation of Canadian Municipalities:
- A toolkit for for municipal governments– How Municipal governments can create welcoming communities for refugees and immigrants.
The Manitoba Office of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives:
- What Does it Take to House a Syrian Refugee? – The Manitoba Office of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives has released a report on the housing and settlement initiatives targeted at Manitoba’s incoming Syrian refugees.
Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights:
Bow Valley College Report:
- (2017): ELL Training Network – Strategies for Teaching Adult Refugees in the ELL Classroom
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR):
- UNHCR – Innovation: How business incubators can facilitate refugee entrepreneurship and integration
- UNHCR Innovation – Essays from the Edge of Humanitarian Innovation
- Internet, Mobile Connectivity a Lifeline for Refugees – 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.
- Missing Out – Refugee education in crisis: Opportunities to learn diminish greatly when children are forced to flee their homes and as they grow older, a troubling new report from UNHCR has found.
- Culture, Context and Mental Health of Somali Refugees: A primer for staff working in mental health and psychosocial support programmes.
- Culture, Context and the Mental Health and Psychosocial Wellbeing of Syrians – A review for Mental Health from UNHCR
- UNHCR 2015 trends – Global trends on refugee resettlement
- New Directions in Refugee Youth Mental Health Services – Report on overcoming barriers to engagement on mental health
- Syrian refugee and Affected Host Population Health Access Survey in Lebanon – A survey conducted by the The Center for Refugee and Disaster Response
- Uprooted: The growing crisis for refugee and migrant children (September 2016). Also available – Executive Summary and Key Findings: English; Arabic; French; Spanish.
The National Children‘s Bureau:
- Delivering the Healthy Child Programme for young refugee and migrant children – A report based on a scoping study undertaken by the National Children’s Bureau (NCB) as part of the Health and Care Strategic Partnership Programme in England
Tent Foundation Report:
- Public Perceptions of the Refugee Crisis – Canada Year 2 – 2016/2017. This report looks specifically at Canada. It comments on shifts in public opinion since Year 1 (2015/16), as well benchmarking Canada against the rest of the world.
- August 2017 – How to Get Refugees into Work Quickly By Philippe Legrain
World Economic Forum:
- Refugee are not creators of the crisis. They are the victims.
Oxford University – Refugee Studies Centre:
- SoundCloud Inventory of Podcasts from Seminars, Conferences and Discussions: The Refugee Studies Centre (RSC) aims to build knowledge and understanding of the causes and effects of forced migration in order to help improve the lives of some of the world’s most vulnerable people.
- What difference does it make to be a refugee? New report on Refugee Economies in Kenya
- Recent publications – Numerous publications on the a variety of refugee topics from refugee rights to work to safe and voluntary refugee repatriation.
- Research – RSC carries out multidisciplinary, policy-relevant research on the causes and consequences of forced migration.
Migration Policy Institute (MPI):
- May 2017 – Taking Stock of Refugee Resettlement: Policy Objectives, Practical Tradeoffs, and the Evidence Base By Hanne Beirens and Susan Fratzke
- Integrating Refugees into Host Country – Report on Labor Markets: Challenges and Policy Options from the Migration Policy Institute
Chatham House – The Royal Institute of International Affairs:
- Working Paper 152 – Understanding public attitudes towards Refugees and migrants. By: Helen Dempster and Karen Hargrave.
Forum: Qualitative Social Research:
- Refugee Youth and Migration – Journal from FQS on using arts-informed research to understand changes in roles and responsibilities
- Children’s Books Exploring the Refugee Crisis: As the present global refugee crisis continues to surge—with more than a million migrants fleeing war from not only Syria, but across the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and Eastern Europe—efforts to both explain and humanize the experience for young readers are proliferating on publishers’ latest lists. Gathered here are some recent and forthcoming titles—ranging from picture books to YA, fiction and nonfiction—related to refugees and their experiences.
- Resettling 10 percent of Syrian Refugees – Oxfam report on the need to resettle 10 percent of Syrian refugees by the end of 2016