United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, praised Canada’s application of both private and government sponsors to assist refugees to settle in Canada. He said this model should be conveyed around the world. Canada spearheaded the movement which allows private groups to support through costs and obligations related to resettlement of refugees. Although there is still a flow of uprooted people from the civil war in Syria, only a handful of states have agreed to this resettlement model in their own country. The private sponsorship program, according to Grandi, adds more locations for resettlement, but also contributes to producing a sense in a civil society that it is a progressive thing to do. To immigrate to such a forward thinking and accepting country, contact BecomeACanadian for information on receiving a visa.
Canada’s sponsorship program by private individuals began in 1979, with the acceptance of refugees from Vietnam. The Canadian government agreed to match numbers sponsored by private groups, which were mostly churches, to allow more people to immigrate to Canada. By the close of 1980, Canada had accepted close to 60,000 refugees. The leadership Canada has taken in sponsorship has created solidarity, not fear. BecomeACanadian can help start the process for you to become a Canadian citizen. Contact them today.