Professor Michaela Hynie from York University in Toronto has been studying refugee resettlement in Canada for over a decade. Canadians have privately sponsored more than 300,000 refugees. In this blog Professor Hynie reflects on her observations of the UK’s Community Sponsorship scheme and explains why the UK’s focus on community resettlement over family reunion can represent both a challenge and a strength of the UK model. I’m Professor Michaela Hynie from York University in Toronto and I’... continue reading (4 min)


Community Sponsorship is a young and changing programme so new initiatives and processes can come about quickly. We know that Groups and Local Authorities aren’t always clear on the most up to date procedures, so we’ve recapped below some of the most recent and biggest changes to the Community Sponsorship scheme.  If you’re ever unclear on what you need to do at any stage of your Community Sponsorship journey, please contact the Reset team. ... continue reading (5 min)


By Marisol Reyes Soto, Researcher at University of Birmingham - Institute for Research into Superdiversity (IRiS)  As an academic doing research for Community Sponsorship, I can positively say that my experience in this project has been very exciting and inspiring. For me, the most valuable aspect throughout has been the opportunity to meet and interview people who have been volunteering in different communities across the United Kingdom. After long and engaging... continue reading (4 min)


Following the Community Sponsorship Assembly at the beginning of this month, it was really clear that Community Sponsorship Groups want an opportunity to network with one another, so this Autumn, we’re going to be giving all Community Sponsorship Groups – no matter what stage of the process they are currently at – the opportunity to come together.  We’ll be in each region over September and October and we’ll be updating this page as we add more dates to our Networking Events.... continue reading (4 min)


By Harriet Lamb. It’s a movement built on cups of tea and homemade crumbly cookies; the biscuits were even raised once as Any Other Business. Under the Government’s Community Sponsorship scheme, you take responsibility for enabling a vulnerable refugee family to come to Britain. Being part of our community group, Herne Hill Welcomes Refugees, has probably been the best thing I’ve done recently. But that doesn’t mean there are not dilemmas – indeed, as with anything worthwhile, we are... continue reading (9 min)