About the Project
UNHCR counts 10.4 million refugees of concern as of 2013. Most young refugees are eager to learn when opportunities exist but very few with the chance to complete high school can pursue higher education. WUSC’s Student Refugee Program (SRP) has been enabling young refugees from camps in Kenya (Dadaab and Kakuma), Malawi, the Middle East and Thailand to study and resettle in Canada. The refugees from these asylum countries come from the Horn of Africa, Africa’s Lake Region, Iraq and Myanmar. The SRP is the only program in the world that combines education with the resettlement of young refugees, with the direct involvement of Canadian post-secondary students. WUSC works with partners overseas to prepare candidates prior to their arrival in Canada. The Canadian sponsoring groups provide vital social, educational and peer support and generate 87 percent of SRP funding with the support of donations from universities, colleges, foundations, governments and individuals. Every year, 80 students are sponsored and supported by their youth-led sponsoring groups in Canadian colleges and universities. Since 1978, over 1,350 SRP students have enrolled in the program. The majority have become engaged Canadian citizens and some have gone back to their country of origin to help in nation rebuilding.The SRP provides hope and direction in the camps and promotes education.