“You’re Going To Canada!” – The Words That Start A Journey For Student Refugee Program Students

Most people do not think of a refugee camp as a place to go for better education opportunities. But that is the reality for refugees around the world who are displaced by war, drought, famine, and poverty. Manyang Lual Jok has had a remarkable journey, from leaving his home in South Sudan as a refugee…

WUSC Welcomes Largest Cohort of Refugee Youth, Including Students from Afghanistan

Hot off the press! Our largest cohort of refugee students to date has arrived in Canada through the Student Refugee Program! Among them are a cohort of Afghan students arriving from Pakistan. For over 40 years, WUSC’s Student Refugee Program has provided life-changing opportunities for refugees to pursue their post-secondary studies at universities, colleges, and…

Decide to dream – the power of community and the Student Refugee Program

*This piece was written by guest blogger, Acha Divine Patandjila, who moved to Canada through the Student Refugee Program in December 2020. This past June she graduated from Humber College and was awarded the prestigious Board of Governors Award for her achievements. In this blog, she shares her inspiring journey with the Student Refugee Program…

Book Launch | Right Where We Belong

In the Dadaab refugee camp, education is out of reach for many children; only about half of whom are enrolled in school. For some students like the one featured in this video, getting to school is a challenge. It can take as long as an hour every day to reach school. Classrooms can be very…

Market Assessment of Digital Employment Opportunities for Refugee Youth

Young people are among those most disproportionately affected by displacement, with those under the age of 35 accounting for just over half of the global refugee population. Whether in camps or urban settings, refugee youth face challenges gaining access to employment; from legal constraints regarding the right to work or freedom of movement, to stiff competition…
A young man wearing a blazer

Volunteer Spotlight: Driving more resources to tackle climate change in Kenya with Kenya Climate Ventures

Stephen Itiakorit has over 13 years of academic and professional experience in agriculture, leadership competency, gender development, mentorship, and more. He has had the opportunity to coordinate humanitarian work for national and international programs where he was able to design and develop programs for social inclusion, gender integration, women’s empowerment, climate change, and the environment.…

For refugees, with refugees: Reflections on the 76th International Seminar

Around the world, refugees are actively making positive contributions to their communities by sharing their knowledge and skills, and by enriching local economies, through business start-ups. In order for communities to better benefit from their contributions, more enabling and empowering environments for welcoming and inclusive economies are needed. From May 9 to June 17, WUSC…

Celebrating the Student Refugee Program Class of 2022!

Over the past four years, 533 young refugees were welcomed onto Canadian university, college, and CEGEP campuses through the Student Refugee Program. This year, many of these students are graduating and taking the next steps in their journey toward a better future for themselves and their families.  Join us as we celebrate the achievements of…

5 Takeaways from the 2021 UNHCR Global Trends Report

As part of their World Refugee Day campaign, UNHCR released their latest Global Trends report on the state of forced displacement around the world. Every year, UNHCR includes an analysis on data related to forced displacement, including the latest number of refugees, asylum seekers, stateless, and internally displaced people worldwide. Here are our five takeaways from…

Economic Inclusion for Refugee Youth Symposium

A collaboration between refugees and allies to drive systemic change. WUSC’s work throughout the years has always focused on empowering and amplifying the voices of refugees. From their drive to further their education to their entrepreneurial endeavors, we have seen time and time again how refugees positively contribute to, impact and enrich their communities across…

Sign up for our Newsletter

Recent Tweets