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Summary of Improving Stakeholder Coordination in Refugee Resettlement
Drawn upon interviews with stakeholders from five countries, this study explores the multilevel partnership...
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Executive Summary of Envisioning a Way Forward: Climate Displacement Legal Strategy Convening
The International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) hosted a two-day gathering with legal scholars, practitioners,...
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Engaging Local Voices: Letting Cities Inform National Refugee Resettlement Goals
UPDATE: event notes added. November 14, 2023; 4:00PM CET / 10:00AM ET; online webinar hosted by Migration...
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Asia-Pacific Complementary Pathways Community of Practice Meeting
12-13 February 2024, hybrid event, in person in Manila, Philippines; regional meeting hosted by De La...
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Summary of Financing Complementary Education Pathways for Refugees: Existing Approaches and Opportunities for Growth
Despite the emergence of complementary education pathways and their positive results, there are a number...
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Summary of From Safe Homes to Sponsors: Lessons from the Ukraine Hosting Response for Refugee Sponsorship Programs
Hosting initiatives, where private citizens provide their own homes as short-term accommodation to those...
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SPRING Research Project Podcast
This podcast series explores the nuts and bolts of the Canadian Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program,...
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Research Colloquium on Refugee Sponsorship
In 2021-2022, the University of Ottawa Refugee Hub, in partnership with the Centre for Refugee Studies...
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Summary of Why Matching Matters: Improving Outcomes in Refugee Sponsorship and Complementary Pathways
Where and with whom refugees are matched in community sponsorship and complementary pathway programs...
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The January 2024 roundup of literature on Sponsorship, Resettlement, and Pathways to Protection was prepared...
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Summary of the Effects of Sponsorship on Public Attitudes and Social Connection
The author discusses the impact of community sponsorship efforts at the local, national, and global levels....
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Climate and Migration (1)
The December 2023 roundup of literature on Sponsorship, Resettlement, and Pathways to Protection was...
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Conversations with Iris: Migration, displacement and (im)mobility in a (post) Covid world
Conversations with Iris is a podcast/zoomcast series on migration, displacement and (im)mobility produced...
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Kaldor Centre Climate Mobility Hub
As changes from climate change impact mobility, the Climate Mobility Hub brings practical principles,...
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Beyond Livelihoods: A Protracted Displacement Economy Approach
17 January 2024, 5-6:30PM GMT; 12-1:30PM ET; in person public seminar hosted by the Refugee Studies Centre,...
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Singing my own story: Exploring intersections of displacement, resistance, and creative-arts in the lives of refugee children and young people
January 24, 2024 12:30-2:00PM EST, hybrid seminar hosted by the Centre for Refugee Studies, York University
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Summary of Community Sponsorship of Refugees
The success of community sponsorship initiatives prompted Canada, the United Nations High Commissioner...
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Summary of Why are Public Attitudes Towards Immigration in Canada Becoming Increasingly Positive
The paper considers independent variables such as age, education level, the proportion of native-born...
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Strengthening Refugee Engagement in Community Sponsorship Programmes
UPDATE: event notes available for September 14, 2023 4:00PM CET / 10:00AM ET; online webinar hosted by...
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Summary of Neoliberal Fatigue: The Effects of Private Sponsorship on Canadians' Political Consciousness
This study inquiries about two potential insights: (1) sponsors’ exposure to different lived experiences...
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Summary of Welcome and Hope, Fear, and Loathing: The Politics of Refugee Resettlement in Vermont
This article examines the intersection between local particularities of refugee integration in new resettlement...
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Summary of Private Refugee Sponsorship in Canada: 2021 Market Study
This report seeks to understand the potential market in Canada for private sponsorship of refugees, especially...
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Family Reunification and Europe
The November 2023 roundup of literature on Sponsorship, Resettlement, and Pathways to Protection was...
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Summary of Solidarity Work as Political Action: Advocating for Refugee and Asylum Seekers in the USA
The authors analyzed the rise of solidarity activism in the USA, focused on supporting refugees, asylum...
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Family Reunification
The October 2023 roundup of literature on Sponsorship, Resettlement, and Pathways to protection was prepared...
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Summary of 'A Mutual Journey of Friendship': Relationship-building in Refugee Community Sponsorship
This report reflects on the United Kingdom’s Community Sponsorship program and explores how CSGs and...
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Summary of Volunteers and Sponsors: A Catalyst for Refugee Integration?
This report explores the invaluable role that volunteers and sponsors play in newcomer settlement and...
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Afghan Women Refugees Two Years On: Where Are They Now?
UPDATE: recording available for 15 August 2023, 9:00AM - 10:00AM ET online webinar hosted by Refugees...
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20th Annual Immigration Law and Policy Conference
UPDATE: recording posted for 18 September 2023, 9:00AM - 5:00PM ET, hybrid conference by the Migration...
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Humanitarian Pathway for Colombians, Haitians and Venezuelans
IRCC has committed to welcoming up to 11,000 Colombians, Haitians and Venezuelans through a new humanitarian...
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Coordination Meeting on Complementary Education Pathways Pledges in the Asia/Pacific Region
Nov 21, 2023 10:00-11:30AMM JST / 1:13:30 ACT; virtual event hosted by the Global Task Force on Third...
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Summary of Attracting, Retaining, and Diversifying Sponsors for Refugees in Community Sponsorship Programmes
This report identifies factors that contribute to hindering recruitment and retention of sponsors, offers...
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Summary of Understanding the Pathology of Large INGOs
This study aims to understand the internal environment of non-profits, more specifically large international...
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Case Law: Mugenzi v. France, Application No. 52701/09, 10 July 2014 
This digest contains a factual summary of Mugenzi v France, a case that was submitted to the European...
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Policy Overview: Migration Pathways for Refugees in the US
This digest contains a factual summary of the relevant law and policy to date (July 2023) on migration...
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Refugee Resettlement Initiative
RRI promotes welcoming and inclusive experiences for refugees and displaced students in university communities...
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Using Sponsorship as an Emergency Response Tool
September 2023 roundup of literature on Sponsorship, resettlement, and pathways to protection prepared...
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Virtual Launch: Pledge to Support Refugee Family Reunification
October 24th, 2023 8:00AM - 10:00AM EST; virtual launch hosted by RefugePoint on behalf of the Global...
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Pledging Workshop: Complementary Education Pathways
October 17th, 2023 3:00PM-5:00PM CET / 9:00AM - 11:00AM EST; online workshop hosted by the Global Task...
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Virtual Learning Session: Economic Mobility Pathways Pilot (EMPP)
Multiple dates available: Sept 19th, Sept 23rd, and Sept 29th; online learning session hosted by Immigration,...
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Summary of Artificial Intelligence and Resettlement of Refugees: Implications for the Fundamental Rights
The use of AI tools has the potential to streamline and improve various aspects of resettlement. However,...
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Women in Refugee Law (WiRL)
The Women in Refugee Law (WiRL) network was set up in 2021 to bring together asylum seeking and refugee...
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Summary of Homestay Accommodation for Refugees (in Europe). A Literature Review
This article is a review of literature on homestay accommodations for refugees. ‘Homestay accommodations’...
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RCRC Working Group on Family Reunification (FRWG)
The FRWG promotes sustainable solutions for beneficiaries of international protection by facilitating...
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From Israel to the U.S. Southern Border: The Intersections of Refugee Crises and Democracy 
August 25, 2023 6:30 PM PT / 9:30PM ET; online and in person event hosted by HIAS and the Temple Israel...
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Global Community of Practice Annual Meeting
Aki Takada writes about the “Expanding Refugee Education Pathways” conference hosted by JICUF and the...
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UNHCR Philippines Complementary Education Pathways
UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, joins the Government of the Philippines in welcoming six Rohingya refugees...
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