Refugee project looking for survey responders to help coordinate responses to new refugee bill

Given the significant changes in Canada’s refugee system contained in Bill C-31 and their many associated access to justice issues, it is to be expected that a number of organizations and individuals across the country are undertaking initiatives in response to this new law. The Refugee Assistance Project, out of the University of Ottawa, is looking to help enable information sharing and coordination within the refugee support community.

They are asking people from non-profit organizations who address the needs of refugees in Canada to answer a survey to help map out the responses to the new bill.

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Given the significant changes in Canada’s refugee system contained in Bill C-31 and their many associated access to justice issues, we expect that a number of organizations and individuals across the country are undertaking initiatives in response to this new law. In order to enable information-sharing and coordination within the refugee support community, the Refugee Project at the University of Ottawa, led by Profs. Peter Showler, Jennifer Bond, Adam Dodek and David Wiseman, is seeking to map these responses.

If your organization is undertaking any new or ongoing project (including programming, research, monitoring, etc.) that addresses any part of the refugee system, please let us know about it by completing this questionnaire: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/9VCTK7P. This form comprises 7 questions and should not take more than 10 minutes to complete.

Your responses will help us to compile a report providing a comprehensive picture of relevant initiatives across Canada. This report will be shared with respondents. *This mapping exercise will help all of us to identify where significant access to justice gaps remain.

Importantly, it will facilitate vital collaboration between agencies in order that all of us can jointly address the many challenges that will be presented by implementation of the new refugee system, expected by December of this year.

If you are unable to fill out the form online, you are welcome to phone in your responses to me at (613) 562-5800 ext. 8904. The deadline for questionnaire submission is August 21, 2012.

Thank you in advance for your input. If you have any questions or concerns, or if you require more information on recent changes in refugee policy, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely,

Emily Bates
Interim Project Coordinator
Refugee Assistance Project
University of Ottawa
57 Louis Pasteur
Ottawa, ON K1N6N5

(613) 562-5800 ext. 8904

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