What can we expect to get out of sponsoring refugees?

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The better way to look at it, in the first instance, is what do the refugees get out of being sponsored?  If you are a good sponsoring group they should get an excellent welcome and support package to help them build a new life in a new place that is delivered in a first class way but with an extra ingredient: great human warmth. 

Resettlement offers the best chance to a refugee to rebuild their lives safely and securely, and community sponsorship is often the best form of resettlement.  Where sponsorship has been operating for years, all the evidence shows that refugees who are sponsored achieve the best outcomes, whether it is finding suitable work quickly, learning a new language or integrating into their new community.

The main satisfaction for the sponsoring group is knowing all this. But those people who have experience of sponsoring also say it is an incredibly rewarding personal experience.  It boosts self-esteem, increases well-being and develops skills. It also builds community spirit, both among the sponsoring group and their supporters, but wider too. Sponsoring communities are stronger communities. 

Finally, by sponsoring a refugee family in your community you will be helping to build a culture of welcome for refugees and migrants more generally. 

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