Weekly Updates: June 4 – 11, 2017

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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 people to open their homes to refugees and displaced people. Anyone who wants to share their space with a refugee for free can volunteer to open their home by visiting the website. The price of participating homes will be set at zero dollars and Airbnb will collect no fees on these bookings.

Research and Publications:

May 2017 – Migration Policy Institute (MPI) – Taking Stock of Refugee Resettlement: Policy Objectives, Practical Tradeoffs, and the Evidence Base By Hanne Beirens and Susan Fratzke

Success Stories:

Metro News (June 4, 2017) – Volunteers find creative solution to house refugees in Coquitlam, B.C.: Community group helping to repair derelict rental units to house large refugee families

CBC News (June 7, 2017) – Airbnb launches global platform to help connect hosts to refugees: Company says it is not making money from new platform; NGOs will help match hosts to refugees

Saanich News (June 9, 2017) – Syrian refugee to share his story through music at Saanich concert

The Globe and Mail (June 9, 2017) – Finding refuge in Syrian flavours: A monthly pop-up is offering Canadians a rare opportunity to savour the authentic tastes of the Middle Eastern country