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

Authors

  • Jennifer Bond University of Ottawa
  • Ania Kwadrans Refugee Hub (Ottawa)

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.7202/1064822ar

Keywords:

refugee sponsorship, community sponsorship, co-sponsorship, resettlement, legal infrastructure, immigration policy, refugee policy

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, University of Ottawa

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, Refugee Hub (Ottawa)

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), 87–109. https://doi.org/10.7202/1064822ar