From Detention to Resettlement
Ads Up Canada works to provide an alternative pathway and durable solution to refugees who have been indefinitely detained by the Australian government on Manus (Papua New Guinea) and Nauru.
These persons sought asylum and safety in Australia but instead were detained for over 8 years in extremely poor conditions, most with no hope of resettlement.
From Uncertainty to Hope
Using Canada’s unique Private Sponsorship of Refugees program and in partnership with Operation #NotForgotten, our mission is to recruit, train and support hundreds of everyday Australian expats and Canadians who will welcome and support refugee newcomers.
Through our grassroots organizing skills and our standing as a federally incorporated Canadian charity, we are committed to helping Manus and Nauru refugees find a new home and safety in Canada.
Explore the Issues
For two decades, Australia has subjected asylum seekers who arrive by boat without a valid visa to “third country processing” or “offshore processing”. This policy has endured through multiple governments and although billions of dollars have been spent, hundreds of refugees are still in limbo. Offshore detention is designed to be brutal; the evidence of poor conditions, abuse, harm and inadequate treatment suffered by those in detention is documented and clear.
Operation #NotForgotten is a partnership between MOSAIC (a Sponsorship Agreement Holder based in Vancouver), Ads Up Canada and the Refugee Council of Australia, in cooperation with UNHCR Australia. Begun in 2019, it offers an alternative pathway and durable solution for refugees who have been indefinitely detained on PNG or Nauru as part of Australia’s offshore processing system since 2013.
The Private Sponsorship of Refugees program (PSR) is unique to Canada and gives Canadians the opportunity to play a meaningful role in the welcome and integration of refugees to Canada. There are 3 types of private sponsors in the PSR program along with government-funded organizations that train and support both sponsors and newcomers.
If you have young children then childcare may be an important consideration for you. Childcare will allow you to attend English or retraining classes and to pursue employment after you arrive. Education is compulsory for children between the ages of 6 to 16, and your settlement team will work with you to locate the local school that your child will go to.
Finding employment is one of the most important tasks facing newcomers. Settlement teams play an important role in helping newcomers develop a job-search and employment plan and in understanding the particularities of Canadian work culture. Because you may have been out of the workforce for a long time, you may be anxious that you have lost skills. Or you may want to make up for years in detention by achieving employment right away.