Voluntary Sector Organization and Agency Partnerships

The International Association for the Study of Forced Migration (IASFM) is an independent, self-governing community of scholars and practitioners who are concerned about understanding forced migration and about improving the formulation of policies and administration of programs dealing with refugees and other displaced persons. The membership forms an open, international, collegial community, receptive to meeting with and learning from others and is not simply an academic organization but includes practitioners and policy makers. (Paula Banerjee, President)

The Canadian Association for Refugee and Forced Migration Studies (CARFMS) was established in 2008, with a mandate to foster an independent community of scholars dedicated to: advancing and disseminating Canadian refugee and forced migration research; establishing active partnerships and collaborations among researchers, teachers, practitioners, policy makers and advocates; and, supporting publications, conferences, and other fora that contribute to open and inclusive communication and networking around issues relating to refugee and forced migration studies in Canada and elsewhere. (Nanette Neuwahl, President)

The Canadian Council for Refugees is a national non-profit umbrella organization committed to the rights and protection of refugees and other vulnerable migrants in Canada and around the world and to the settlement of refugees and immigrants in Canada. The membership is made up of organizations involved in the settlement, sponsorship and protection of refugees and immigrants. The Council serves the networking, information-exchange and advocacy needs of its membership. (Janet Dench, Executive Director)

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) advocates basic human rights for refugees and seeks to solve refugee problems. UNHCR monitors government compliance with international refugee law, provides various supports to protect refugees in need, assists repatriation of refugees, and helps refugees resettle in countries of asylum. It has extensive partnerships with other international organizations and non-governmental organizations across the globe.