Gain perspective on the current refugee crisis and the resettlement movement unfolding in Canada, British Columbia and your community. The following page provides learning fact sheets, resources, training and more.


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.

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

MSDSI GAR Hubs -English & Arabic information on applying for income assistance

Services for Newcomers to Canada – English & Arabic fact sheet

Refugee-Fund-Criteria – information on eligibility to access the Refugee Fund

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)

Refugee Readiness Fact Sheets

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?

Federation of Canadian Municipalities

A toolkit for for municipal governments– How Municipal governments can create welcoming communities for refugees and immigrants.

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


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.

Issue 3 April 2016 – Read about Canada’s  resettlement efforts and the story of a young Syrian and his family’s struggle to find a new life in Regina, Saskatchewan.

UNHCR: 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.

Webinar on Syrian Refugee Crisis

Escaping Conflict – UBC Professor Dan Hiebert explains the Syrian Refugee Crisis

For Teachers and Schools

Students from Refugee Backgrounds – An indepth  guide from the BC Ministry of Education

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

Helping Students Deal with Trauma – A Guide for students and educators created by the Islamic Social Service and the National Council of Canadian Muslims

Canadian Medical Association Journal

Caring for a newly arrived Syrian refugee family –  Journal article from the CMAJ,  a peer-reviewed general medical journal

Refugee Resettlement Trends

UNHCR 2015 trends – Global trends on refugee resettlement

Resettling 10 percent of Syrian Refugees – Oxfam report on the need to resettle 10 percent of Syrian refugees by the end of 2016

Vancity report – B.C. bound Syrian refugees to boost local economy

Vancity report – survey on instances of discrimination or racism

Refugee Youth and Migration – Journal from FQS on using arts-informed research to understand changes in roles and responsibilities

Integrating Refugees into Host Country –  Report on Labor Markets: Challenges and Policy Options from the Migration Policy Institute

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.

Finding Refuge in Canada: A Syrian Resettlement Story – Report from the Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights.


New Directions in Refugee Youth Mental Health Services – Report on overcoming barriers to engagement on mental health

Health Status of Syrian Refugees – Report from the Public Health Agency of Canada

Culture, Context and the Mental Health and Psychosocial Wellbeing of Syrians – A review for Mental Health from UNHCR

Syrian refugee and Affected Host Population Health Access Survey in Lebanon – A survey conducted by the The Center for Refugee and Disaster Response

Supporting the Mental Health of Refugees to Canada – A report prepared by the Mental Health Commission of Canada

Canadian Council for Refugees

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.

Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada Publications

Frequently Viewed Publications – Make sure you’re up to date with new and updated publications from the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada.

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.

Refugee Law

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

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

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)

Information Bulletin – Government-Assisted Refugee (GAR) Resettlement in Canada

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).

University of Oxford Refugee Studies Centre

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.