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The Spirit of the Gift and the Politics of Resettlement: The Canadian Private Sponsorship of South East Asians

  • Doreen Marie Indra

Abstract

Private sponsorship is a strategy of resettlement, support and integration under which refugees are provided core financial support by groups of five or more private individuals rather than by the state.1 In this chapter I first describe this programme, then analyse it as both a political process and as an example of socially organised, altruistically motivated social exchange. Data are drawn from the first large-scale instance of the programme’s use, the resettlement of South East Asians during 1978–81. For further details of this group in Canada see Indra, 1987a; Chan and Indra, 1987, Dorais et al, 1988 and Dorais et al., 1987).

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Government Assistance International Migration Review Refugee Resettlement Private Sponsorship Canada Employment 
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