The Global Refugee Sponsorship Initiative works to assist and inspire countries around the world to open new pathways for refugee protection.

We do this by sharing Canada’s history, experience, and leadership in private sponsorship and by supporting the creation of new programs that countries design to meet their unique needs.

This work includes providing training and public education, community building, advisory services, and connecting networks for the purpose of expanding and promoting refugee protection on a global scale.

The Global Refugee Sponsorship Initiative (GRSI) is a partnership between University of Ottawa's Refugee Hub, the Open Society Foundations, the Government of Canada, UNHCR, and the Guistra Foundation.

The Refugee Hub also led the creation of a comprehensive online training resource on building a community sponsorship of refugees program entitled the GRSI Guidebook: Building Blocks of Community Sponsorship.

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