Compassion and Justice for Refugees

Action Réfugiés Montréal is a strong voice for refugees in Montréal and beyond.

We seek justice for asylum-seekers and refugees. We promote partnerships among refugees, faith communities and society at large for mutual empowerment. Through our programs we provide hope and assistance while raising awareness of refugee rights.

Sponsorship Program

IMPORTANT NOTICE: On January 9th, 2017, the Ministry of Immigration, Diversity and Inclusion announced a Suspension of acceptance of new sponsorship applications as of January 27, 2017. Please read the official notice here. We regret that we will be unable to start any new files in 2017 until further notice.

ARM has a private sponsorship program, where people in the Montreal region can sponsor family members who are living in a refugee situation overseas. ARM supports approved sponsors in order to prepare their files and offers follow-up services during the duration of the sponsorship period. All services are provided free of charge.

Detention program

Through Action Réfugiés Montréal’s Detention Program, we provide support to people detained for immigration reasons at the Laval Immigration Holding Centre. Action Réfugiés Montréal is the only organization to visit the Laval IHC on a weekly basis to provide support to detainees.

Twinning program

The goal of our Twinning Program is to create social support for newly arrived woman refugees and to allow Montréal women to learn about the refugee experience firsthand. ARM matches refugee women with women volunteers and through regular meetings, the “twins” create bonds of friendship and solidarity.

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“A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal.”

– Steve Maraboli

Suspension of new sponsorship applications

IMPORTANT NOTICE: On January 9th, 2017, the Ministry of Immigration, Diversity and Inclusion announced a Suspension of acceptance of new sponsorship applications as of January 27, 2017. Please read the official notice here. We regret that we will be unable to start...

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Welcome to our new website!

December is always a busy month at Action Réfugiés Montréal. We are finalizing sponsorship files before December 31. We receive many of our clients in celebration to wish them a Happy New Year. We have been discussing our work recently in various media as the first...

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Aujourd'hui, l'équipe a dîné ensemble pour souligner le départ de Mélissa Abboud et l'arrivée de Camila Sanchez Lancheros au poste d'adjointe au programme de détention. Merci Mélissa! Bienvenue Camila!

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Today, the team had lunch together to mark the departure of Mélissa Abboud and the arrival of Camila Sanchez Lancheros as Detention Program Assistant. Thank you Mélissa! Welcome Camila!
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Les gens de Montréal manifestent souvent de la solidarité avec les réfugiés. Bien que nous ne pouvons pas répondre, voici un message reçu ce matin: «Je me demande s'il y a des gens qui sont coincés à l'aéroport de Dorval et ont besoin d'un endroit pour aller, ou un repas chaud, douche, dormir dans un lit ...... jusqu'à la fin de l'interdiction de voyager aux États-Unis. Je pense que plusieurs résidents locaux pourraient aider. Y-a t'il des personnes qui attendent dans l'aéroport? S'il vous plaît laissez-moi savoir et je peux aider à coordonner une action afin qu'ils puissent sortir de l'aéroport et ne pas s'inquiéter pour un peu de temps jusqu'à ce que leurs plans de voyage sont finalisés. '' ... See MoreSee Less

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The people of Montreal often show solidarity with refugees. While this offer cannot be accepted, here is a message received this morning: ‘’ I am wondering if there are people that are stuck in limbo at the airport and need a place to go, have a hot meal, shower, sleep in a bed……until the US travel ban is sorted out. I think several local residents could help. Would you know the status of people waiting in in the airport (if any?). Please let me know and I can help coordinate some action so they can get out of the airport and not worry for a little while until their travel plans are sorted out. ‘’ ... See MoreSee Less

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Hier il faisait froid dehors mais à l'intérieur nos jumelles se sont réchauffées avec une chorégraphie nigériane enseignée par une de nos participantes.

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Yesterday it was cold outside but inside our twins warmed up with a Nigerian choreography taught by one of our participants.
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Daily phone calls

Persons arrived since 1994

Media Requests

Thank you very much for all your efforts to help us out to get my relative released. I could not possibly put how much we appreciate the work you do in words.

Relative of a recent detainee

My entire family is dancing in joy and we remember your office in our happy moments. We want to hug your entire team! God bless you all!

Sponsorship client whose family was accepted