Month: October 2014

Private Sponsorship & Public Policy

Ashley Chapman has published her report entitled “Private Sponsorship and Public Policy” for Citizens for Public Justice (CPJ) in September 2014. The report outlines the situation in Canada of private sponsorship and Churches. In addition she asks two important questions. One is “What policy issues and political trends are of top concern to church-connected SAHs?” The second is, “How do church-connected SAHs engage the federal government about their concerns?” She draws conclusions from discussions with members of the SAH (Sponsorship Agreement Holder) community.

Read the entire study: Private Sponsorship and Public Policy

Policy Changes Jeopardize Private Refugee Sponsorship

Originally published in “The Embassy“, and recently published by Citizens for Public Justice (CPJ), Ashley Chapman outlines how the Government has jeopardized private refugee sponsorship. She points to the situation in Syria, and the cuts to health care benefits. She refers to the study completed by CPJ indicating that Churches account for about 72% of all Sponsorship Agreement Holders in Canada. The need for a working relationship with CIC places Sponsorship Agreement Holders in a difficult position, especially when many feel that aspects of the sponsorship program are being co-opted for political—not humanitarian—purposes.

You can read the full article published by Citizens for Public Justice.

Stick in the Wheel – Refugee Sponsorship

In the Western Catholic Reporter dated October 20, 2014, Joe Gunn outlines how the Federal Government has put a “stick in the wheel” of refugee sponsorship. He points to long wait times, loss of health benefits and that the number of Syrian refugees would be 1,300 by the end of the year but the Government will only sponsor 200. He concludes that communication and partnership is the only way forward, but that many SAH’s are reluctant to speak up.


You can read the entire article in the Western Catholic Reporter

you might think

Joe Gunn, in the Huffington Post on Sept.8, 2014 discussed how well Canada is doing to help refugees. He points to a recent study that In 2013, just over 12,000 refugees were accepted into Canada. Of these people, 6,623 were sponsored by private groups.The study points to some areas for improvement. These include: long wait and processing times, Federal Government cuts to health care,  and the change in definition of a dependent child. He indicates that a way to move forward is to establish responsive  partnerships with the Federal Government.

You can read the full text of the article here:

You Might Think Canada Is Doing its Best to Help Refugees Huffington Post Sept. 2014

World Day of Migrants 2015, Pope Message

World Day of Migrants 2015

The mission of the Church, herself a pilgrim in the world and the Mother of all, is thus to love Jesus Christ, to adore and love him, particularly in the poorest and most abandoned; among these are certainly migrants and refugees, who are trying to escape difficult living conditions and dangers of every kind. For this reason, the theme for this year’s World Day of Migrants and Refugees is: Church without frontiers, Mother to all.

Read the full text here: World Day of Migrants 2015, Pope Message

Banning refugees from assistance could cause chaos, hardship, critics say

Francisco Rico-Martinez does not know how his refugee shelters and others in the city could manage if a Greater Toronto MP gets his way in opening the door to exclude refugees from accessing social assistance.
Charitable groups like Rico-Martinez’ FCJ Refugee Centre and local municipalities do have plenty to worry about as Pickering-Scarborough East MP Corneliu Chisu’s private member bill, C-585, winds its way for second reading scheduled for Tuesday in the House of Commons.
And the plan already has a vocal supporter in the Conservative majority government: Canada’s Immigration Minister Chris Alexander.


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Banning Refugees Star Sept 22, 2014