Why refugee sponsorship matters

Refugee Protection: Responsibility and a Privilege

  • Refugees are people who are forced to leave their home countries because of serious human rights abuses. They have a well-founded fear of persecution and therefore cannot return to their countries.
  • The right to asylum from persecution is an international human right based on agreement by governments to provide protection. Having ratified the 1951 Convention on Refugees, Canada is among those countries that have  agreed to offer asylum to refugees.

  • Internationally, Canada has a reputation for taking human rights seriously and for offering a generous welcome to refugees. This reputation is in part deserved and something for Canadians to be proud of. 

  • Every day the basic rights of refugees are violated in countless places around the world. Refugees make easy scapegoats: they are foreigners in their country of asylum, they have no home to go back to, perhaps as many as half of them are children. Perversely, refugees who are virtually powerless are regarded as a threat by the powerful.
  • Fortunately many people, inside and outside of government, continue to work to make the ideal of refugee protection real. Many of them came to Canada as refugees or are descendants of refugees. They know the value of offering asylum to refugees and they show that we are richer as a country when we welcome refugees.


(Excerpted from State of Refugees in Canada, Canadian Council for Refugees)