If you have additional questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to contact us at office@mcrs.ca.

  1. Who are Mennonites?
  2. Who are Refugee Claimants?
  3. How can I support refugees in my community?
  4. What is the difference between a refugee and an immigrant?
  5. I am a person in need of help/protection who is currently outside of Canada. Can MCRS help me?
  6. What is the difference between a refugee claimant and a refugee?


1.  Who are Mennonites?

The Mennonites are a Christian denomination with historic roots in the radical reformation of the church that occurred in 16th century Europe.

Among their basic beliefs and values are a commitment to nonviolence, the importance of community, and mutual aid and support to those in need. These values undergird the mission of MCRS today. Many Mennonites have a refugee history and are involved in refugee sponsorship and advocacy for refugee rights.

While MCRS was founded by Mennonite churches and continues to have a significant base of support in that community, our staff, board of directors, and the refugees we support come from a wide variety of cultural and religious backgrounds.

We welcome support and involvement from all churches, faith communities, and interested individuals who agree with, and commit to uphold, our strategic objectives, principles and values.


2. Who are Refugee Claimants?

A refugee claimant is a person who is forced to flee from persecution and make a claim for protection as a refugee. They do not have access to the same supports as sponsored refugees.

  • Refugee claimants come from many countries, each with a unique story and reason for making a refugee claim.
  • Refugee claimants make a claim for refugee protection on arrival in Canada, not from another country.
  • Refugee claimants have not yet been determined to be Convention Refugees or Persons in Need of Protection. They must go through the refugee determination process in Canada.


3. How can I support refugees in my community?

There are many ways for you to get involved in the work of MCRS. It starts by being aware of the challenges faced by refugee claimants and simply coming alongside them in support. From there,  just choose the area of involvement that suits you best. Volunteer at MCRS, become an advocate for refugee claimants through letter-writing and other advocacy campaigns, or donate financially to help support the programs of MCRS.


4. What is the difference between a refugee and an immigrant?

A refugee is someone who has been forced to flee their country because of persecution or oppression. An immigrant is someone who is permanently settled in another country and voluntarily chooses to move to Canada. The immigrant is not fleeing but making their own choice to improve their quality of life by moving to Canada.


5. I am a person in need of help/protection who is currently outside of Canada. Can MCRS help me?

MCRS only serves refugees who come to Canada to seek protection. Once you are in Canada we can help guide you throughout the refugee determination process and help you with settlement needs.


6. What is the difference between a refugee claimant and a refugee?

A refugee claimant is someone who has made an application to the Canadian government to become a refugee. Refugee claimants cannot access the same services as an officially recognized refugee. Refugee claimants, also called asylum-seekers, must follow a complex application process before gaining Canadian government support.

 

 

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