The Global Refugee Sponsorship Initiative (GRSI) is a joint initiative led by the Government of Canada; the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR); the Open Society Foundations; the Radcliffe Foundation; and the University of Ottawa.
The initiative works to assist and inspire countries around the world to open new pathways for refugee protection. GRSI does this 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. Through working with local organizers, GRSI aims to:
- increase and improve global refugee resettlement by engaging private citizens, communities, and businesses in resettlement efforts;
- strengthen local host communities that come together to welcome newcomers; and
- improve the narrative about refugees and other newcomers.