More than 35 million people around the world are currently displaced from their homes because of war, conflict and persecution.
World Refugee Day, June 20, 2014, brings attention to the plight of these vulnerable people. Over 100 countries around the world will participate in social events, campaign for refugee rights and use social media to raise awareness and remind those of us who live in safety and freedom that not everyone in our world is so fortunate.
The Salvation Army works with refugees both within the Canada and internationally. In Canada, we are proud to participate in the Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program, which helps family and friends already in Canada sponsor their loved ones to resettle in Canada.
Immigrant and Refugee Services staff at Salvation Army ministry units and social centres across the country work with Asylum Claimants and Government Assisted Refugees to help newcomers with challenges and adjustments.
From working through the complicated reunification process to sponsoring family members left behind, to simply taking the time to let newcomers practice their English or French in conversation classes, The Salvation Army is dedicated to helping refugees settle well into Canadian life.