Impact of Remittances on Refugees’ Lives in Canada: Views of Sudanese and Vietnamese Leaders and Settlement Counsellors
Keywords:Vancouver, Canada, Vietnamese refugees, Sudanese refugees, refugee leaders, setttlement counsellors, family reunification, sponsorship, remittances
Focus groups were conducted with Sudanese and Vietnamese refugee leaders and settlement counsellors (twenty-seven participants) to identify their views about the effect of sending remittances on refugees in these two communities, and their suggestions about optimizing the situation. Leaders and counsellors noted that refugees feel pride at helping out and guilt at not being able to send sufficient money. They postponed education and skills upgrades, and worked several jobs to support family here and abroad. Newcomers were advised to focus first on settling in and creating realistic expectations about their resources before sending remittances. Changes in family reunification policy were suggested.
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