Last Updated on décembre 15, 2016
Canada`s system for allowing private sponsorship of refugees is set to be replicated around the world.
The Canadian government will join forces with the United Nations and billionaire George Soros to implement tailored programs in other countries following the success of Canada`s project.
Immigration Minister John McCallum says 13 countries he knows of are already interested in copying the model, which has seen more than 11,000 Syrians brought in by private sponsors since October 2015.
More than 3,000 refugees have also been jointly sponsored by private families and the Canadian government.
In Numbers: Syrian Refugees In Canada
|Blended Visa Office-Referred||3,058|
|Privately Sponsored Refugee||11,239|
McCallum says he has already spoken to representatives from the United Kingdom on the issue.
The expansion plan, to which Soros has committed funding, would have the broad aim of making private sponsorship possible all over the world.
It involves first putting the framework in place so that governments, civil groups and private citizens can launch sponsorship programs.
Another key element is mobilizing citizens to directly support refugees and engaging in a broader political debate that encourages protection of the vulnerable group.
Training modules would be a key element of the initiative, which would look to study the Canadian example – which McCallum himself admitted had teething problems – before assessing how it could be tailored and applied in other countries.
A meeting is expected in Ottawa in December to official get the project under way.
Canada has had a private sponsorship program since the 1970s, when Vietnamese refugees were welcomed. McCallum believes Canada is therefore equipped to help other countries launch their own programs.
McCallum believes the project will serve as a way of raising Canada`s global profile and is an example of how it has led the world on welcoming refugees.
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