Refugee Resources

This section of the website lists BC and Canadian resources with a focus on refugee needs. 

Newly Released Resources

Syrian Population Profile, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has released a population profile on Syrian refugees

List and map of destination communities for privately sponsored Syrian refugees – Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada has released data on the destination communities for privately sponsored Syrian refugees.   As of November 24th, the Government of Canada is actively processing 4,511 files of privately sponsored Syrian refugees, outside of Quebec. 74 have already arrived in Canada since November 4th. While decisions are not finalized, the map below is a representation of communities where private sponsors have put forth an application for a Syrian refugee.

Glossary of Key Terms, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has created a glossary of key terms used in refugee resettlement.

List of Acronyms, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has created an acronym list in both official language of key terms used in refugee resettlement.

AMSSA Resources
Immigrant and Refugee Seniors, Cultures West
This edition of the Cultures West magazine focuses on the topic of immigrant and refugee seniors providing a diversity of features, stories and articles on the subject.

BC’s Resilient Refugees, Cultures West
This edition of the Cultures West shares stories and articles highlighting BC’s refugee population.

Settlement Challenges of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Immigrants and Refugees, Migration Matters
In July 2005, Canada became the fourth country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide. Canada is generally considered to be a “safe” country for sexual minority groups, however the needs of LGBT immigrants and refugees are often overlooked. This issue of Migration Matters reviews the common settlement barriers and services available for these groups.

Domestic Violence against Immigrant and Refugee Women,
This edition of Cultures West shares stories and articles that focus on the topic of domestic violence.

Exploring Issues affecting LGBTQ Immigrant and Refugees
In this AMSSA video series, five speakers discuss the issues affecting LGBTQ immigrants and refugees living in British Columbia. The comprehensive video series includes first-hand experiences and perspectives from refugees, immigrants, community service providers and researchers.

General Resources

VAST, Vancouver Association for the Survivors of Torture
VAST assists refugees and newcomers who have endured torture, trauma and political violence through settlement, counselling and community-based programs in Vancouver, BC.

Are Immigrant and Refugee Children and Youth Growing Up Healthy In Canada? , Canadian Institute of Child Health
The Canadian Institute of Child Health (CICH), in partnership with the University of Ottawa and the Canadian Collaboration for Immigrant and Refugee Health has launched a new on-line module that examines the health of immigrant and refugee children and youth.

Prevention of Violence Against Immigrant & Refugee WomenOCASI
The Neighbours, Friends and Families is an Ontario-wide campaign to raise awareness about the warning signs of woman abuse and to promote bystander intervention. This comprehensive website contains large amount of information for women experiencing violence in their domestic relationships.

How does Canada’s refugee system work?
This website explains how the Canadian refugee system works and the various legal steps that need to be taken throughout the claims process.

Study: Social assistance receipt among refugee claimants in Canada,  Statistics Canada
Among refugee claimants who initiated their claim in Canada during the 2000s, about 80% received social assistance in the first year following their claim. In the second year, 50% to 60% of those whose refugee claim was still active received social assistance.

Where are the Syrian refugees? Gapminder Foundation
After the tragic crisis in Syria, more than half of all Syrians have left their homes. Where are they? Gapminder Foundation released a video that addresses this question, using data from UNHCR.

Fortieth anniversary of the Indochinese refugee movement to Canada CIHS
The Canadian Immigration Historical Society (CIHS) has launched a special website in honour of the fortieth anniversary of the Indochinese refugee movement to Canada. The site features photos, historical documents, media coverage, and links to websites related to this significant movement.

Reporting a potential security risk for an IRB proceeding Immigration and Refugee Board
The Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB) has developed a new form to allow external parties to report potential security risks in relation to upcoming IRB proceedings.

Syria_AtlasFederal Ministry of the Interior, Austria
The Austrian Ministries of Interior and Defense have published an ATLAS on Syria, featuring maps on topography, territorial control, religious/ethnic groups and refugees. The publication assist in further understanding Syria, particularly regarding the ethno-linguistic and religious composition of the population predating the beginning of the unrest, the security situation as well as refugee flows.

Mental Health Promotion,  MOSAIC
MOSAIC has released an article and a summary report outlining the processes and outcomes of a demonstration project that used community action research to learn about the mental health needs of immigrants and refugees (IRs) in the City of Vancouver. In collaboration with Vancouver Coastal Health’s Bridge Clinic, MOSAIC engaged service users and frontline workers in action research in order to learn about IR barriers to access mainstream mental health services, and their cultural models of care.

Refugee Hearing Preparation, Kinbrace
The Refugee Hearing Preparation Guide, updated June 2015, provides critical legal, practical, and personal guidance on how to prepare for a refugee hearing – the most important event in the refugee determination process. The Guide is available in English, Spanish, Chinese and Arabic.

Refugee Claimants Kit, Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada
This website list many common forms that could be helpful for refugees when interacting with the Immigrant and Refugee Board.

Justice Education Society
This website has a comprehensive list of legal information available for immigrants and refugees in BC.

READY Tours for Refugee Claimants, Kinbrace
READY Tours give refugee claimants an inside look at a refugee hearing room and provide information on the refugee hearing procedures.

Settlement.org
This Ontario focused website was compiled to help refugees understand and get access to important resources when they first arrive in Canada.

Citizenship and Immigration Canada
This CIC web resource provides guides and application forms for refugees and protected persons to apply from outside of Canada.

Rainbow Refugee Committee
Rainbow Refugee is a Vancouver based community group supporting individuals seeking refugee protection based on sexual orientation, gender identity, or HIV status.

Canadian Council for Refugees (CCR)
This website provides resources, information and advocacy tools regarding refugees.

Canadian Red Cross
This website provides links to programs that the Red Cross offers to support refugees in Canada.

ISSofBC
Information regarding the Refugee Welcome House and other resources are listed on this website.

Refugee Health Vancouver
This site provides a range of information and tools for health professionals regarding refugee health.

Inland Refugee Society
The Inland Refugee Society is a non-profit, non-governmental agency dedicated to assist individuals seeking refuge in Metro Vancouver, BC.

Settlement Orientation Services (SOS)
SOS provides support and services to refugee claimants in English, Spanish, Farsi, Dari, Mandarin and Cantonese.

Special Reports on Government Assisted Refugees , ISSofBC
This website contains all special reports and Government Assisted Refugee (GAR) Arrival Bulletins published since 2005.

UNHCR Reports

Culture, Context and the Mental Health and Psychosocial Wellbeing of Syrians
This report aims to provide information on the sociocultural background of the Syrian population as well as cultural aspects of mental health and psychosocial wellbeing relevant to care and support. It is based on an extensive review of the available literature on mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS), within the context of the current armed conflict in Syria.

UNHCR figures at a glance
This site provides a range of information as well as facts and figures on refugee numbers from around the world.

UNHCR the refugee story in data and statistics
This section of the UNHCR website provides data, reports, maps and other information. It also carries statistical reports on refugees, asylum-seekers, returned refugees, the internally displaced and stateless people. Detailed information on country of asylum, place of origin, gender, age, location and legal status of refugees is available.

UNHCR Annual Tripartite Consultations on Resettlement
The Annual Tripartite Consultations on Resettlement (ATCR) started in 1995. This is an annual event that provides an important vehicle for strengthened cooperation between governments, NGOs and UNHCR in the area of resettlement.

Asylum Trends 2014
An estimated 866,000 asylum applications were recorded in 2014, some 269,400 claims more than the year before (+45%). This report from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) provides highlights and insights into Asylum levels in 2014.

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