Subject: Media Advisory - Refugee claimants stats and trends

June 18, 2018

  • Release of survey report, Refugee Claimants in BC: Understanding Current Irregular Arrival Trends, that examines the profile and experiences of recent Refugee Claimants or asylum seekers to BC, how they are faring, and how findings affect future trends; 
  • Launch of pilot, a web-based texting service.
  • Wednesday, June 20, 2018 (World Refugee Day); 9:30 – 11:30AM 
  • Chris Friesen, Director of Settlement Services, ISSofBC;
  • Tracey Axelsson, Executive Director, Vancouver Community Network (VCN)
  • Refugee Claimants
  • ISSofBC Welcome Centre – 2610 Victoria Drive, Vancouver, BC
  • The report, based on a first-language phone survey of over 300 Refugee Claimants awaiting their asylum hearings, may provide learnings to assist in policy and program design;
  • Web-based texting service may revolutionize service for newcomers.
  • ISSofBC presents the report and key findings.
  • Refugees Claimants speak on their resettlement experiences.
  • ISSofBC and Vancouver Community Network introduce pilot. 


  • ISSofBC -- One of the largest multi-ethnic immigrant-serving agencies in Canada serving over 20,000 clients a year in 18 sites throughout Metro Vancouver and other parts of BC. (
  • Vancouver Community Network -- A non-profit Internet service provider that provides free services to assist individuals, community groups and non-profit organizations in accessing and utilizing the Internet to its fullest potential. (

  • Chris Friesen T: 778-995-3009 Email:
  • Tracey Axelsson T: 604-831-3793 Email: 
Note: ISSofBC offers a press box with four XLR outputs for direct audio feed during the press conference. Two XLR cables and one XLR to 3.5mm adapter for hand-held audio devices are available on a first come first serve basis.
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