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The Benefits of Community Sponsorship of Syrian Refugees

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One Birdcage Walk

Lecture Theatre

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SW1H 9JJ

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The Benefits of Community Sponsorship of Syrian Refugees event, organised by the International Observatory of Human Rights (IOHR), brings together Canadian and British practitioners, sponsors, refugees and members of the private and public sector to raise awareness about Community Sponsorship for Syrian refugees in the UK and discuss the potential for expansion and diversification of the resettlement scheme.

Opportunities for the Expansion and Diversification of Refugee Sponsorship

In July 2016 the UK government introduced the Community Sponsorship scheme, giving local communities the opportunity to assume greater responsibility in the global refugee crisis by taking up a leading role in resettling refugee families into their neighbourhood.

The UK scheme is based on the successful Canadian model of Private Sponsorship of Refugees where businesses and schools combine opportunities for employment and higher education with resettlement.

The Canadian model highlights that employment and educational pathways do not only empower refugees, but they offer a creative way to integration transforming the lives of individuals, families and whole communities involved.

In the UK, businesses, community groups and universities are already putting their time and money into helping refugees by offering housing, employment, on-the-job training, language support, bursaries and various scholarships. This event is to raise awareness of Community sponsorship and the opportunities to expand and diversify the resettlement scheme.

Panellists:

Michelle Manks - Manager for Campus Engagement and Student Refugee Program at the World University Service of Canada (WUSC)

Emma Williams - Chief Executive of Student Action for Refugees (STAR)

Prof Ansems De Vries, Leonie - Lecturer in International Relations at King’s College London and Coordinator of the Migration Research Group

Chris Clements - Director at Reset

Pranav Chopra – CEO NEMI

Bekele Woyecha - Senior Project Manager at the foundation of Sponsor Refugees of Citizens UK

Major Nick Coke - Refugee Response Coordinator for The Salvation Army

Baroness Hamwee - a Liberal Democrat politician and their Lead Home Affairs Spokesperson in the House of Lords.

Video message from Jim Estill, CEO of Danby Products Ltd. who sponsored the resettling of over 60 Syrian refugee families in Canada.

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1 Birdcage Walk

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