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Exporting Canadian immigration policy: a comparative analysis of private sponsorship methods in Canada, the U.K. and Germany

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posted on 2021-05-24, 08:06 authored by Shaina Bianca Somers
The private sponsorship of refugees (PSR) model, created in Canada 40 years ago, has a structure which allows citizens and permanent residents concerned about refugee resettlement to take action in their local communities by sponsoring refugees and providing them with financial, social and integration support. This paper critically analyzes and compares the private sponsorship of refugees (PSR) model in Canada, the United Kingdom (U.K.) and Germany and how it is being promoted, portrayed and received in each country. I argue that the PSR model should be a refugee resettlement option provided that the number of refugees admitted through this stream should not surpass the number of refugees admitted through government sponsorship; effective oversight and evaluation should be administered by governments and NGOs over groups and communities involved in sponsorship; and, diverse images and perspectives of refugees themselves should be used in the promotional material from governments and NGOs about private sponsorship. Key words: Canada, United Kingdom, Germany, private sponsorship, refugee, immigration policy, refugee resettlement





Master of Arts


Immigration and Settlement Studies

Granting Institution

Ryerson University

LAC Thesis Type