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World Refugee Day 2022

WORLD REFUGEE DAY is an opportunity to celebrate the strength and resilience, talents and contributions of refugees in our communities. Join us this year on this UN dedicated day to listen to stories, music, share art and learn about the agencies in our cities who provide services to refugees. June 15: A New Belonging – Stories to Celebrate World Refugee …

BC CHARM’s Report: In Between Emergency, Transitional, and Permanent Homes – Perspectives from Refugee Claimants and Service Providers

In 2019 MAP engaged MOSAIC with funding from the BC Ministry of Municipal Affairs, to create a robust referral system for refugee claimants seeking a home. As part of their work MOSAIC thoroughly researched the experiences of refugee claimants trying to find affordable, safe housing. This beautiful report is one of the outcomes. It traces the claimant’s journey by answering …

Hear the voices behind the statistics

You’ve read the headlines about refugees and asylum seekers. But behind the statistics are stories. Stories of real people who had to make heartbreaking decisions and perilous journeys to find peace, safety and a life of freedom. Along the Way, is a new podcast launched by one of our Co-Chairs, Richard Belcham, to tell those courageous stories and put voices …

World Refugee Day 2021

June 2021 saw us still online as the world battled the COVID-19 pandemic. This year MAP BC produced a 6-part program of activities from June 14 – June 20 with an array of different themes. With a very strong and talented refugee claimant presence online MAP continued its tradition of celebrating their accomplishments while raising issues for discussion. This year …

MAP Member Saleem Spindari Addresses Parliament

On Friday, December 4, 2020, Saleem Spinari – a former MAP Co-Chair was honoured to represent MOSAIC and appear via video conferencing in front of the Standing Committee on Health at the Parliament of Canada to talk about the impact of COVID-19 on refugees, refugee claimants, migrant workers and other vulnerable groups. You can see his video testimony below. https://vimeo.com/489916199

COVID-19: A message from MAP BC

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we live – even temporarily – and has impacted every aspect of our lives. This is also true for refugee claimants. The IRCC and IRB has temporarily halted all refugee protection hearings and the Government’s focus is on this health crisis. The borders are also closed to those seeking refugee protection. The impacts …