Nest submitted two more refugee sponsorships this month with the support of a special fund established by the University of Ottawa Refugee Hub and the Shapiro Foundation.
One sponsorship is to bring an Eritrean refugee woman with six kids and the second is for a refugee man from Burma who has friends in Saskatoon. Both sponsorships are through the Canadian government’s Blended Visa Office Referral Program.
Our Burmese refugee arrives on November 8. The single parent Eritrean family is expected in 6 to 12 weeks.
In addition, Nest is waiting to welcome nine more refugee families. They are:
A Sudanese family of four in Israel: The Canadian Lutheran World Relief gave Nest four spots to sponsor this family (pictured here). Their friends in Israel and Egypt (with ties to Saskatoon and the Sisters of Sion) have raised the funds for the sponsorship. The application was submitted in September 2018.
Two Pakistani families in Thailand and Malaysia. Both families fled religious persecution in Pakistan. The first family, whose application was submitted in October 2016, were interviewed in Malaysia on September 18, 2018 and approved to come to Canada. They are expected before the end of December 2018.
The second family’s sponsorship application was rejected in March 2017 by a Canadian Visa Officer. Nest appealed the decision and won the judicial review. A second interview was held in May 2018. The family was rejected a second time. Nest has commenced a new sponsorship application.
Both families are living in difficult circumstances because the UNHCR denied their asylum requests and without UN documents they can be arrested, jailed or even deported. Neither Thailand or Malaysia are signatories to the UN Convention on refugees.
Syrian lawyer, his spouse and two children: The Anglican Diocese of Saskatoon gave Nest four allocations this year to sponsor this family in Jordan. They were interviewed on October 22, 2018 and approved. They are expected to arrive in Saskatoon the next four to six months.
Iraqi family of two in Dubai: Single mom Sura and her young son are waiting to be reunited with her sister Noor in Saskatoon. Sura just learned she will be interviewed by Canadian immigration on November 15, 2018. Nest submitted the application for Sura and her son Namer in December 2016.
An Eritrean family of three in Khartoum: Nest sponsored Selam and her daughter in October 2018. Selam’s husband is missing. Selam has relatives in Saskatoon.
A single parent Eritrean family. Nest sponsored Tsega and her two small children in April 25, 2018. They are UN convention refugees in Sudan. Their aunt lives in Saskatoon.
A Sudanese family of three in Egypt. Musa and Rabia, originally from Darfur, have lived in Cairo for many years. This past year Musa was attacked and beaten by a knife-wielding mob. He nearly died of his injuries. Nest sponsored the family in December 2017. Their baby was born on January 6, 2018.
Iraqi family of six in Turkey. With the help of donations from a group of 22 people, Nest raised enough funds to sponsor Ghufran, her husband and their four children. The application was submitted in May 2017.