SFU Refugee and Newcomer Programs
There are 65.6 million people displaced in the world, including 22.5 million refugees. Additionally, the Canadian government recently announced a commitment to accepting nearly 1 million immigrants over the next 3 years (2018-2020). The number of economic migrants, family reunifications and refugees will climb to 310,000 in 2018, 330,000 in 2019 and 340,000 in 2020.
In 2016, in response to the global refugee crisis, SFU began a coordinated and multi-pronged approach to refugee-related issues. SFU engages refugee communities in a variety of ways including research, scholarships and support services for refugee students, and community engagement. Over the past 2 years, we have partnered with over 20 local, national and international stakeholders and have engaged with over 1150 people in 10 community events.