The world is witnessing an unprecedented number of refugees. Globally, 1.19 million refugees need resettlement. A third of those are from Africa.
In 2016, in response to the crisis facing refugees from Syria, Canada took action and brought in 25,000 Government Assisted Refugees.
Since then, Canada’s commitment to the resettlement of Government Assisted Refugees (GARs) has decreased. The government has committed to resettle only 7,500 GARs in 2017.
Canadians are ready and willing to sponsor refugees but they face long processing times and barriers to sponsoring more refugees. Necessary reforms need to be introduced to the inland refugee determination system to make the process fair and efficient.
In the face of this situation, the Canadian Council for Refugees (CCR) – of which ICA is a member organization – has launched a campaign in support of refugees. The CCR is calling on the federal government to:
- Resettle 20,000 government-assisted refugees annually.
- Introduce special measures to process the privately sponsored refugee (PSR) backlog by 2018, to open the door to increased refugee sponsorships by Canadians.
- Make reforms to the refugee determination system so that it is fair and efficient.
You can read here about why CCR is asking for these specific measures. You can also support the CCR by taking action, for example, by contacting your Member of Parliament or sharing your support through social media.
Join the CCR in calling for ongoing Canadian leadership during Canada’s 150th anniversary year!