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On top of being complex, refugee hearings can be quite a source of anxiety for refugee claimants.

Most of them go through anxiety, fear, and emotional anguish.

To help assist the claimants, Matthew House has developed a Refugee Hearing Program (RHP).

This program aims to prepare claimants for their hearing before the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB).

This training will provide an overview of the Refugee Hearing Program (RHP) and the refugee determination process.

The following topics will be covered:

  • Understanding Refugees and Immigration in Canada

  • Overview of the Simulated Refugee Hearing Program

  • Case Study

  • Q&A

  • Next Steps

Date: Wednesday, 1st May, 2019

Time: 5:45 - 8 p.m

Location: Baker McKenzie, 181 Bay Street, Toronto

To register for this training or for more information, please click here


Posted: 04/16/2019 - 17:03

According to Rumie, , a Toronto-based startup and non-profit whose mission is to democratize quality digital education, 3 million Syrian children in refugee camps do not have access to education.

To address this problem, Rumie launched Learn Syria Initiative.

The initiative aims to gather learning content for displaced Syrian children.

Learn Syria Initiative does this by raising funds for more tablets to be sent to Syrian refugees and find free learning resources that teach topics refugees want to learn.

There are three ways that people can help Rumi keep this initiative going:

  • Add relevant topics to Rumie’s LearnCloud, their platform that gives children and teachers the tools they need to teach relevant subjects

  • Donate money to help Rumie’s tablet reach the children

  • Raise awareness on the initiative by spreading the word


Posted: 04/16/2019 - 16:35

Due to wars, violence or persecution, people are fleeing their countries around the world.

On top of that, they have to face xenophobic ideologies in some stances.

To address this issue, York University, School Of Social Work, is organizing its 12 annual social work research symposium.

This year’s theme is Securing Our Political Futures: Critical Social Work And Social Science Conversations On Xenophobic Nationalisms.

The following topics will be covered:

  • Critical social work and broader social science responses to the resurgence of xenophobic nationalisms

  • Xenophobia in laws, policies, and discourses

  • Impact on racialized immigrants, refugees, and indigenous populations

  • Diverse creative and resurgent imaginaries (e.g social, political epistemological) and movements challenging xenophobia

  • Envisioning emancipatory futures from within the corpus of critical theory

  • Lessons from cross-disciplinary dialogues and conversations

Date: Friday, 26th April, 2019

Time: 8:30 a.m to 4:00 p.m

Location: Ross Building South, Rm. 802, York University, Toronto

For more information or to register, please click here


Posted: 04/11/2019 - 17:53

To mark the Refugee Rights Month, FCJ Refugee centre is organizing an art show.

Participants will be able to enjoy an evening of visual art, music, and stories,

This event will also be an opportunity to honour the contributions made by refugees.

Date: Friday, 26th of April, 2019

Time: 6:00 p.m to 9 p.m

Location: Matter Gallery, 344 Westmoreland Avenue North, Toronto

To register for this event, please click here


Posted: 04/11/2019 - 17:50

To celebrate the experience and contributions of refugees, the North York Community House is organizing a community education event.

North York Community House will do an interactive multimedia presentation.

Moreover, participants will also be able to enjoy theatrical presentations, music, digital stories, and dance by refugees.

Date: Wednesday, 24th of April, 2019

Time: 6:00 p.m to 9:00 p.m

Location: York Woods Library Theater, 1785 Finch Ave West, North York, Toronto

To register for this event or for more information, please click here


Posted: 04/11/2019 - 17:47

Building Migration Resilience In Cities Partnership (BMRC/IRMU) in collaboration with International Migration Research Centre (BMRC/IRMU) and the Balsillie School Of International Affairs (BSIA) are organizing a workshop on Fostering Gender Responsiveness In Migration Resilience, Research, and Action.

The workshop will focus on: gender-responsiveness and intersectionality, and fostering resilience among newcomers in the region.

Emphasis will be laid  on temporary migrants (low and high skill), international students, and refugee claimants.

The workshop program brings together researchers and community members from Kitchener-Waterloo, Toronto, Windsor, Ottawa, and Montreal.

Date: Thursday, 11th of April, 2019

Time: 8:30 a.m to 4:15 p.m

Location: Balsillie School of International Affairs, 67 Erb Street West, Waterloo, Ontario

To register for this event or for more information, please click here

Posted: 04/08/2019 - 15:46

The Toronto Global Shapers is organizing the Refugee Art Project, a multimedia showcase that will feature art and live performances.

This event supports Love Without Borders, a grassroots organization that helps refugees in Greek camps get access to shelters and housing communities.

All while providing them with a platform to raise awareness on the conditions they live in.

Through this event, Toronto Global Shapers wants to engage the Toronto community in an informed conversation and celebrate the dignity of others through art and culture.

The artwork has been made by children living in camps and housing communities in Greece.

Date: Friday, 12th of April, 2019

Time: 7:00 p.m to 10:00 p.m

Location: Marilyn Brewer Community Space, 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto

To register for this event or for more information, please click here


Posted: 04/08/2019 - 12:33

Maybe there are some things that are still confusing to you when it comes to group of five sponsorship (G5).

Rest assured, the Refugee Sponsorship Training Program (RSTP) is holding a workshop to simplify things.

Participants will be able to know more on:

  • Who can be sponsored

  • Who can sponsor with a focus on group of five sponsorship

  • Settlement and financial requirements

  • Recent changes and updates on program

Date: Thursday, 4th of April, 2019

Time: 11:00 a.m to 12:30 p.m

Location: Northwood Neighbourhood Services, 400-1860 Wilson Ave, Toronto

To register for this event or for more information, please click here


Posted: 04/02/2019 - 11:41

McLaughlin College, the Centre For Refugee Studies (CRS) and its Syrian Response and Refugee Initiative along with the Department of Sociology and Centre for Public Policy are organizing a Refugee Rights Day.

This event aims to reflect on the Refugee Rights Day in Canada and honour the efforts of york-based refugee sponsors.

All while, marking the formal conclusion of York’s Syria Response and Refugee Initiative, a Syrian refugee resettlement and education project hosted by the Centre For Refugee Studies.

The discussion panel will focus on the origins and contemporary relevance of Refugee Rights Day and refugee policy in Canada.

This event will also see the launching of a mixed media exhibition “The Road Less Travelled”.

Date: Thursday, 4th April, 2019

Time: 12:00 p.m to 2:30 p.m

Location: Mclaughlin College

To register for this event or for more information, please click here


Posted: 04/01/2019 - 17:34

The Matthew House is organizing the screening of the documentary Lifeboat.

Lifeboat is a 2018 documentary short film focused on North African migrants who are trying to make it across the Mediterranean Sea safely.

Volunteers from a German non-profit venture out to pluck refugees from sinking rafts.

Lifeboat aims to humanize refugees and show how civil society can help them.

Date: Thursday, 4th April, 2019

Time: 7:00 p.m to 9:30 p.m

Location: TIFF Festival Tower, 80 John Street, Toronto

To register for this event or for more information, please click here


Posted: 03/27/2019 - 12:13

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