SFU Refugee and Newcomer Programs
- The number of Canadian economic migrants, family reunifications and refugees will climb to 310,000 in 2018, 330,000 in 2019 and 340,000 in 2020.
- The Goverment of Canada recently announced a commitment to accepting nearly 1 million immigrants over the next 3 years (2018-2020).
- Since 2016, SFU offered 18 new scholarships through World University Service of Canada (WUSC) Student Refugee Program.
SFU Takes Action
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 3 years, we have partnered with over 30 local, national and international stakeholders and have engaged with over 2000 people in 30 community events.
Who is a Refugee?
According to the 1951 United Nations Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, a refugee is:
Any person, who by reason of a "well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group, or political opinion
i) is outside the country of their nationality, and is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail themselves or the protection of that country, or
ii) not having a country of nationality, is outside the country of their former habitual residence as a result of such events, is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to return to that country."