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Un refugee agency (unhcr) resources

Government resources

Resettlement/Sponsorship Resources for Refugees Overseas

Refugee Claimant Resources for Refugees in Canada

  • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB) is Canada’s largest independent administrative tribunal. It is responsible for making well-reasoned decisions on immigration and refugee matters, efficiently, fairly and in accordance with the law. The IRB decides, among other responsibilities, who needs refugee protection among the thousands of claimants who come to Canada annually
  • A country from which a person claims asylum is called their ‘country of origin’. Because conditions in a country often change, the IRB produces regular information about ‘countries of origin’. IRB decision makers often consult this information – National Documentation Packages and responses to Information Requests as part of their work
  • To learn how an individual can claim refugee status and apply for protection from within Canada, see here: Claim refugee status from inside Canada: How to apply –

Allies in protection – community resources

  • Canadian Council for Refugees (CCR) – a national non-profit umbrella organization committed to the rights and protection of refugees and other vulnerable migrants in Canada and around the world and to the settlement of refugees and immigrants in Canada.  The membership is made up of organizations involved in the settlement, sponsorship and protection of refugees and immigrants.  The Council serves the networking, information-exchange and advocacy needs of its membership
  • – a government-funded website that provides newcomers with information and resources to settle in Ontario, Canada; an electronic community where newcomers can get information, read relevant news, ask questions, share their experiences with others and access a database of community organizations
  • Citizens for Public Justice Canada (CPJ) – a national, progressive organization of members who are inspired by faith to act forsocial and environmental justice in Canadian public policy. Their work focuses on three key policy areas: poverty in Canada, climate justice, and refugee rights.

Recommended reading/viewing

 Refugee Countdown: A Canadian-American Partnership to Resettle a Syrian Family (Book)

  • Refugee Sandwich: Stories of Exile and Asylum by Peter Showler (Book)
  • Citizens of Nowhere: From Refugee Camp to Canadian Campus by Debi Goodwin (Book)


Rita Balla

Director, Office for Refugees

905-528-7988 Ext. 2268
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Qais Rasulee

Program Coordinator, Office for Refugees

905-528-7988 Ext. 2233
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