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Summary of The Causes and Consequences of Administrative Burdens in the Canadian Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program
Research on refugee sponsorship has focused on newcomers' settlement outcomes, sponsor profiles, motivations,...
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Summary of From hospitality to dwelling: A lens for migrant homesharing in Italy
This article analyzes the context of "dwelling" in homesharing programs in Bologna, Florence and Turin...
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Launch of the Commission’s final report - From Arrival to Integration: Building communities for refugees and for Britain
The Commission on the Integration of Refugees published its flagship report calling for a new deal for...
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Summary of Redefining Refugee Resettlement: Repairing the Cracks in the Pathway to the American Dream
This article is about the U.S. refugee resettlement program and how it has declined due to high costs,...
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Report on the Third Thematic Consultation of the Cartagena +40 Process
June 19-20 2024 Hosted by UNHCR and GAIN in Bogota, Colombia
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Family Reunification of Refugees
The June 2024 roundup of literature on Sponsorship, Resettlement, and Pathways to Protection was prepared...
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Summary of The Impact of Private Hosting on the Integration of Ukranian Refugees
The Ukrainian crisis led to large-scale private hosting initiatives for refugee housing, with 27% of...
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Summary of Settling beyond big cities: A scoping review of the Canadian literature on immigration to rural and smaller communities
This article reviews and analyzes existing literature and studies on immigration and refugee resettlement...
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Summary of Climate Migration 101: An Explainer
This article discusses who qualifies as a "climate migrant", why there is not category for "climate refugee"...
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Administrative Burdens
The May 2024 roundup of literature on Sponsorship, Resettlement, and Pathways to Protection was prepared...
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Syrian Refugees in Canada
The April 2024 roundup of literature on Sponsorship, Resettlement, and Pathways to Protection was prepared...
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Sponsorship, Settlement, and Integration
The March 2024 roundup of literature on Sponsorship, Resettlement, and Pathways to Protection was prepared...
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Summary of How Can We Protect "Climate Refugees"?
This report looks into potential pathways for legal protection of those who are displaced by climate...
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Summary of Where Are All the Climate Migrants? Explaining Immobility amid Climate Change
This article explored why some people choose or are forced to stay in place, although they are affected...
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Mapping Global Human Mobility in an Increasingly Complex World
April 25, 2024 Hosted virtually by Migration Policy Institute (MPI)
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First Quarterly Informal Briefing on the Global Compact of Refugees
March 26 2024 Hosted online by UNHCR in Geneva, Switzerland
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Summary of 15by30 Roadmap: Expanding Higher Education, Skills and Self-Reliance for Refugees
In 2019, UNHCR and its partners set the 15by30 goal, aiming at securing 15% enrollment of refugee youth...
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Dialogue with NGOs on UNHCR's Climate Action Strategic Plan
During the week of February 20-26 2024, UNHCR co-organized a series of online consultations with NGOs...
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Summary of Who Counts as a Climate Migrant?
This article defines climate migration and describes challenges associated with having an overbroad definition....
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Summary of Efforts to Manage Climate Migration Are Slowly Growing but Their Focus Is Often Indirect
The article provides an overview of these programs, both completed and ongoing, categorizing their goals...
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Welcome Corps at Work: Connecting US Employers with Skilled Refugee Employees
On April 17, 2024, the US Department of State announced the launch of the Welcome Corps at Work program...
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Temporary public policy concerning the resettlement of women in Mexico who are survivors of sexual and gender-based violence
IRCC has announced this new temporary public policy that, through the identification and facilitation...
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Policy and Legislation: Family Reunification of Refugees in Germany
This digest contains a factual summary of the relevant law and policy to date (April 2024) on Family...
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Summary of How Can We Protect "Climate Refugees"?
Climate change is increasingly a source of migration, and those numbers are predicted to grow as global...
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Summary of Temporary Protection in Times of Crisis: The European Union, Canada, and the Invasion of Ukraine
The authors compare he EU Temporary Protection Directive (TPD) and the Canadian Canada-Ukraine Authorization...
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Launch of the uOttawa Refugee Hub Fellowships for Refugee Leaders
The University of Ottawa is delighted to launch the uOttawa Refugee Hub Fellowships for Refugee Leaders....
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Sponsorship, Resettlement and Complementary Pathways
The February 2024 roundup of literature on Sponsorship, Resettlement, and Pathways to Protection was...
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Summary of a Tale of Two Contexts: the Ukrainian and Afghan Refugee Crises in Canada and the UK
This report provides a comparative study of Canada’s and the United Kingdom’s (UK) responses to Ukrainian...
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Summary of Expanding Protection Options? Flexible Approaches to Status for Displaced Syrians, Venezuelans, and Ukrainians
This report examines responses by host governments in Turkey, Latin America, the Caribbean, and the European...
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Summary of the University Corridors for Refugees (UNI.CO.RE) Program in Italy (2019-2023) Evaluation Report
This report evaluates the editions of the University Corridor for Refugees (UNICORE) program from 2019-2023....
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Ukrainians in the EU: What Is Next After the Temporary Protection Directive?
March 4, 2024; 3:00PM CET / 9:00AM ET; online webinar hosted by Migration Policy Institute Europe.
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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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Climate and Migration (2)
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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