Community sponsorship

Community sponsorship programs empower groups of individuals — as opposed to governments or settlement agencies — to take the lead in welcoming, supporting, and integrating refugees into their new community.

There are different models of community sponsorship in countries around the world. Community sponsorship programs operate as an integration and welcome tool to support refugees admitted through many different pathways when they arrive in their new country.


Through a new program introduced in January 2023, the Biden administration is offering private citizens the ability to directly sponsor refugees resettling in the United States from around the world: part of the biggest shift in the U.S. resettlement program since its launch in 1980.

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Updates on community sponsorship

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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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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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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Information & data sources

Home Office (UK)