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Welcoming Refugees

Welcoming Refugees

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Who is a refugee?

A Convention Refugee is defined as someone who is:

  • outside of their home country, or the country where they normally live
  • unable to return to that country because of a well-founded fear of persecution based on: race, religion, political opinion, nationality or membership in a particular social group

Refugees must qualify for entry under Canada’s laws and must pass medical and security checks before they can come to Canada.

What is the difference between refugees and other immigrants?

Refugees are forced to flee for their lives. Other immigrants choose to move to another country.

Who are Government-Assisted Refugees?

A Government Assisted Refugee (GAR) is a Convention Refugee selected from abroad by the Government of Canada for resettlement. GARs have permanent resident (PR) status when they arrive and receive financial and other support from the Government of Canada for up to one year.

Who are Privately Sponsored Refugees?

A Privately Sponsored Refugees (PSR) is a Convention Refugee who is supported by private groups or organizations. PSRs have permanent resident (PR) status when they arrive and receive financial and other support from private groups or organizations. This  is a legal commitment in which sponsors agree to support and care for the sponsored refugee for up to one year.

Learn about the Private Refugee Sponsorship Program at ISANS.

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What can you do?

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Make a Donation to refugees in Nova Scotia.

Toolbox of Ideas

Attracting & Retaining Immigrants – A Tool Box of Ideas for Smaller Centres

The Inter-cultural Association of Greater Victoria has created this practical tool for smaller centres to use as they build a strategy to address the issues surrounding the attraction and retention of immigrants. The Toolbox covers the breadth of issues and information necessary for diverse smaller centres to successfully implement their strategy.

Topics covered in the Tool Box include Canada’s population picture, the importance of community consensus and how to build it, Canada’s immigration laws, getting organized, important key factors like family ties, employment and housing, attracting people whether immigrants or others, and the many attributes of a welcoming community and how to develop them. The Tool Box contains many practical examples, check lists, and reference sources. It is accompanied by a PowerPoint presentation.



Resource Handout

1. 20 Ways to Welcome a Newcomer to Your Community
2. Dimensions of Culture
3. Differences – Cultural Norms & Values
4. Glossary of Terms Used in Understanding Diversity
5. Guidelines for Multicultural Collaboration
6. Our Learned Cultural Bias and Prejudice
7. Diversity Awareness Continuum
8. What am I Doing to Welcome Diversity?… Quiz
9. Suggestions for Improving Cross-Cultural Communication
10. Tips for Organizing a Multicultural – Diversity Event

Documents d’appui

1. Vingt façons d’accueillir un immigrant dans votre collectivité
2. Les dimensions de la culture
3. Différences – Normes et valeurs culturelles
4. Glossaire des termes aidant à comprendre la diversité
5. Lignes directrices pour la collaboration multiculturelle
6. Nos préjugés culturels acquis
7. Continuum de sensibilisation à la diversité
8. Suis-je prêt à accueillir la diversité?… Jeu questionnaire
9. Suggestions pour améliorer la communication interculturelle
10. Conseils pour organiser un événement sur le thème du multiculturalisme et de la diversité