Resettling Refugees through Community Sponsorship: A Revolutionary Operational Approach Built on Traditional Legal Infrastructure

  • Jennifer Bond
  • Ania Kwadrans

Abstract

Abstract
More than a dozen states are exploring the potential of introducing community sponsorship programs as a way of contributing to the global refugee protection regime. This article provides a comparative analysis of the legal and administrative frameworks that have underpinned the introduction of community sponsorship in four diverse countries: Canada, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, and Argentina. We also briefly examine the introduction of co-sponsorship in the United States, a country without any formal national program. We conclude that while community sponsorship programs have the potential to revolutionize refugee resettlement, their operationalization is not contingent on revolutionary legal infrastructure.

Author Biographies

Jennifer Bond

Jennifer Bond is an associate professor at the University of Ottawa, the founder and managing director of the University of Ottawa Refugee Hub, and chair of the Global Refugee Sponsorship Initiative. She can be contacted at jennifer.bond@uottawa.ca.

Ania Kwadrans

Ania Kwadrans is a human rights lawyer and senior legal and policy advisor at the Refugee Hub. She can be contacted at ania.kwadrans@refugeehub.ca.

 

Published
2019-06-05
How to Cite
Bond, J., & Kwadrans, A. (2019). Resettling Refugees through Community Sponsorship: A Revolutionary Operational Approach Built on Traditional Legal Infrastructure. Refuge: Canada’s Journal on Refugees, 35(2), 86-108. https://doi.org/10.7202/1064822ar