Crowdsourcing Refugee Resettlement

December 21st, 2017

Photograph-by-Mustafa-Alio

Mustafa Alio and Ratna Omidvar believe Canada’s Private Sponsorship of Refugees program (PSR) is a good idea worth stealing: not only does private sponsorship give citizens a tangible way to help alleviate the migration crisis, it engages entire communities and produces better outcomes.

Privately sponsored refugees have a built-in support network embedded in the local community, made up of people who are socially and economically established. As a result, they can experience a sense of belonging from the moment they arrive. What’s more, program evaluations show that privately sponsored refugees are more likely to enter the Canadian job market sooner and at higher income levels than those who enter as refugees outside of the PSR program.  PSR also has served as a pathway for refugee family reunification—an important if unintended result of the program.

Read the full article from the Stanford Social Innovation Review:

“Crowdsourcing Refugee Resettlement” by Mustafa Alio & Ratna Omidvar. In: Stanford Social Innovation Review (winter 2017).

 

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