Canadian Refugee Services: The Challenges of Network Operations


  • Phillip J. Cooper University of Vermont



refugee service providers, NGOs, networks, network management, trends, governance, Canada


The context within which refugee service providers work shapes and constrains their efforts. Those legal, political, fiscal, and managerial influences in the Canadian context have tended to force the creation of refugee service networks. This article considers some of the factors that have brought about this network approach to refugee service delivery, but, most importantly, it seeks to understand what the implications of that development are for service providers and the communities they serve. This article argues that service networks can be effective and eficient in meeting refugee needs, but it is essential to be aware of the special challenges posed by network management. Those challenges not only concern how service providers work together and deal with refugees and other immigrants, but also alert them to the impact they can have inside refugee service NGOs.


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How to Cite

Cooper, P. J. (2000). Canadian Refugee Services: The Challenges of Network Operations. Refuge: Canada’s Journal on Refugees, 18(6), 14–26.

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