The United Nations High Commission for Refugees estimates that there are some 80 million forcibly displaced people around the world. As Canada Research Chair in Citizenship, Social Justice and Ethno-Racialization, Dr. Christopher Kyriakides is using findings from studies of private and community sponsorships of refugees to understand how such initiatives can support refugees’ inclusion and enhance their resettlement.
He and his research team are comparing established programs in Canada with new programs in the United Kingdom and Argentina. They aim to develop insights into the relationships between refugees and hosts, and demonstrate how they affect (and are affected by) policy measures designed to promote integration. Ultimately, their work will address the global refugee crisis by providing community groups and policy-makers with information about best practices in resettlement.