Innovation in Resettlement

In Future of Good’s second Twitter chat, we spoke with Tara Templin, Director of Innovation and Development at the Refugee Hub, about inclusion.

Why It Matters

Fewer than one percent of the world’s refugees are resettled to safe countries where they can rebuild their lives after experiencing violence, persecution, or war. The newly formed Innovation Lab at The Refugee Hub in Canada’s capital aims to make a transformative change in resettlement globally.

We started Future of Good Twitter chats to dive deeper into hot topics that have been resonating with our community. It’s hosted Thursdays from 12-1 p.m. ET. This week, we spoke with Tara Templin about migration, elections, inclusion, and ideas. She also expanded on some of the points made in her recent Future of Good piece. Here are some highlights from the conversation.

 

WHO GETS A SAY?

While refugees are best positioned to speak about their needs and necessary innovations to assist them, they are also the least engaged in developing solutions or accessing funds and resources. How can we overcome these barriers?

Some ideas:

  • Hire refugees.
  • Ensure that civil society organizations, governments, and businesses are employing refugees in leadership positions.
  • Engage refugees in decisions on design and resourcing.

 

 

ELECTION TENSION

The debate around refugees in Canada is easily framed by misconceptions and is slated to possibly occupy much of the debate leading up to the Canadian election. How best to navigate this polarity?

More ideas:

 

NOT JUST IN CRISIS MODE

Innovation in this space can seem like a nice-to-have, particularly when Canadians, domestically, are often in a response mode to crises. How can we assure the longevity of an innovation program?

Did you know?

  • Canadians have the most favourable opinion of immigrants among the world’s top migrant destination countries, viewing newcomers as a strength, rather than a burden.
  • One of the best examples of innovation is the Canadian private sponsorship program that began more than 40 years ago and, in the process of resettling 330,000 refugees, has contributed to the multicultural and welcoming Canadian identity.
  • Embedding innovation programs in communities ensures that they both build and strengthen community and, ideally, tap into the motivation, inspiration, and compassion of community members.

 

NEXT UP

For our upcoming #FutureOfGood Twitter Chat, Leor Rotchild, Executive Director of Canadian Business for Social Responsibility, will join us to discuss Canadian business values. Register online and mark your calendar for April 11.

Future of Good Twitter Chat with Leor Rotchild