In the rush to meet the commitment of the Canadian government to resettle 25,000 Syrian refugees by the end of the year, there have sprung up some unscrupulous people trying to mine the situation for financial gain. These people offer to connect refugees with sponsorship groups and submit the paperwork for a fee.
Lifeline Syria’s Alexandra Kotyk has worked tirelessly to inform the public about sponsorship, and how it works.
You shouldn’t have to pay somebody to resettle to Canada. There are so many Canadians who want to help for free. It is illegal to ask refugees themselves to prepay or repay for the costs of sponsorships.
Lifeline Syria has held pro-bono legal clinics where volunteer lawyers work alongside interpreters and other volunteers to help sponsorship groups apply to bring Syrian refugee families to Canada — for free.