Weekly Update: June 19 – 25, 2017

World Refugee Crisis maps

News & Events:

An Evening in Damascus – A fundraiser for queer Syrian refugees: For the third year in a row, this event is organized and hosted by Danny Ramadan, a proud gay Syrian refugee, author of “The Clothesline Swing” and the Grand Marshall of the Vancouver Gay Pride Parade 2016, aims to gather funds for two sponsorship groups supporting Syrians lesbians to join our community here in Vancouver. Both groups are supported and part of the work done by Rainbow Refugee Society, an organization that works tirelessly on helping inland and privately sponsored LGBTQ-identified refugees. Date & Time: July 28, 2017 – 7:00 pm to 10:30 pm; Location: The Roundhouse Community Centre in Yaletown (Vancouver).

CTV News (June 20, 2017) – The scale of the South Sudanese refugee crisis, in maps and photos.

CBC News (June 20, 2017) – What will it take to end the refugee crisis? “We don’t see any end in sight” says UNHCR’s Canada representative Jean-Nicolas Beuze.

CBC News (June 20, 2017) – After fleeing Egypt, Vancouver migrant aims to give back to refugees with coding: Omar Sabry came to Canada with nothing but two suitcases and a laptop.

The Star (June 20, 2017) – UN refugee report warns South Sudan could be the next Syria

Vancouver Sun (June 26, 2017) – Ian Mulgrew: Legal aid for refugees being cut August 1, 2017.

Press Release: Immigration & Refugee Board Canada (June 20, 2017) – Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada Chairperson Mario Dion and Deputy Chairperson of the Refugee Protection Division Shereen Benzvy Miller deliver a message for World Refugee Day and a call to action for legacy claimants to update their contact information. IRB is asking refugee claimants who made a claim in Canada before December 15, 2012 to contact the IRB with their contact information.

Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada on World Refugee Day (June 20, 2017) – The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, issued a statement on World Refugee Day

“Today, I call on Canadians and people around the world to stand with people seeking shelter from enormous hardship and violence. Refugees are forced to leave home, but they carry with them dreams for their children and the hope of creating a better world. Let us show compassion for their plight, recognize their dignity, and continue to see ourselves in each other.” 

The National (June 19, 2017) – Vietnamese refugee family’s story inspires “Heritage Minute” video: A story by Judy Trinh, a freelance contributor to CBC, has inspired a new Heritage Minute, which tells of her family’s harrowing escape from Vietnam and the Canadian immigration officer who changed their lives.

Research & Publications

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.

Migration Policy Institute – Refugee and Asylum Seeker Populations by Country of Origin and Destination, 2000-15: Based on data from the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), this map shows countries of origin and destination for the total UNHCR’s populations of concern as well as its three subpopulations (refugees, asylum seekers, and internally displaced persons). Select a country of origin or destination for one of these groups. Population bubbles will display over the countries based on estimated population size. The default year for the tool is 2015; by using the slider at the top, the year setting can be changed.