Refugee Support Sponsorship Program

ZA'ATARI, JORDAN - FEBRUARY 01:  Children pose for a picture as Syrian refugees go about their daily business in the Za'atari refugee camp on February 1, 2013 in Za'atari, Jordan. Record numbers of refugees are fleeing the violence and bombings in Syria to cross the borders to safety in northern Jordan and overwhelming the Za'atari camp. The Jordanian government are appealing for help with the influx of refugees as they struggle to cope with the sheer numbers arriving in the country.  (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images) ORG XMIT: 160600686

The IWRP is one of many organizations involved in the Refugee Support Sponsorship Program across Canada, working to provide legal advice for sponsors and refugees.

Many Canadians rushed to find a way to do something to help Syrian refugees in the days after photos were published showing little Alan Kurdi’s lifeless body on a Turkish beach.

It’s who we are, and why Canadians bear the national stereotype of being nice. Do-gooders, even.

Phone calls, emails and texts ping-ponged among friends, including my own. Maybe we can sponsor a family. How hard could it be?

Well, it can be daunting. And that’s according to people involved in refugee settlement.

There are the so-called Groups of Five (five being the minimum number of individuals who can sponsor refugees), as well as “constituent groups” who work with “sponsorship agreement holders”.

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