Frequently Asked Questions
What is a refugee?
The UN states: "A refugee is a person who is outside their home country because they have suffered (or feared) persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, or political opinion; because they are a member of a persecuted social category of persons; or because they are fleeing a war."
A refugee is denied basic human rights - the right to safety, food and shelter; the right to work and have children attend school. They are not in their home country, they cannot go home, and they cannot stay where they are.
What happens to my donation if a refugee family does not come to Port Alberni?
In the event that funds are not used for the designated purpose, they revert to the Anglican Diocese for disbursement to refugee families.
How many refugees are there in the world?
According to the UNHCR, there are 15.4 million internationally displaced refugees with 937,000 asylum seekers, as well as 28.8 million people forced to flee their homes within their own countries. As many as 55% of these refugees come from only five countries: Afghanistan, Somalia, Iraq, Syria, and Sudan.
What is a Sponsorship Agreement Holder (SAH)?
- SAHs are incorporated organizations that have been approved as sponsors by CIC and have signed an agreement with CIC to sponsor refugees. Most private sponsorship is conducted by these groups. There are currently approximately 95 across Canada.
- SAHs can work with constituent groups and co-sponsors, which are basically groups of people or individuals that an SAH agrees to work with to sponsor refugees under their agreement with CIC.
- SAHs are the only organizations that can sponsor BVOR cases, or in other words, refugees that have been identified by the UNHCR for resettlement, and are not brought to the attention of the government by family members in Canada (usually no family ties to Canada).
- SAHs have limitations on how many refugees they are allowed to sponsor, and from where they are allowed to sponsor them.