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.

ProvincialBritish Columbia:

Immigrant Services Society of BC (ISSofBC)

University of British Columbia:


Province of BCProvincial Government Reports and Factsheets:

City of Surrey:


  • 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.


University of Victoria (UVIC):

Immigrant Employment Council of BC (IECBC):

  • November 1, 2017 –IECBC: 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

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.



Together Project: 


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:

Canadian Council for Refugees (CCR):

UNHCR 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

 Federation of Canadian Municipalities:

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):


  • Uprooted: The growing crisis for refugee and migrant children (September 2016). Also available – Executive Summary and Key Findings: English; Arabic; French; Spanish.

The National Childrens Bureau:

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:

Oxford University – Refugee Studies Centre: 

Migration Policy Institute (MPI):

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:

Publisher’s Weekly:

  • 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.