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Immigration & Refugees

A look at the first Syrian refugees that arrived in Canada

The government has issued statistics that provide a snapshot of the first 25,000 Syrian refugees to be resettled in Canada. Families were prioritized, while young adults with no children were less likely to be chosen for resettlement. So, 85 per »

Immigration & Refugees

Syrian man stranded for months at airport in Malaysia arrives in Vancouver

A Syrian man who was stranded for seven months at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport and then spent two months at a Malaysian immigration detention centre arrived in Vancouver on Monday night. Hassan Al Kontar was greeted at the Vancouver »

Immigration & Refugees, International

NGOs sound alarm over forced return of Syrian refugees

A group of international humanitarian NGOs is sounding the alarm over the forced return of Syrian refugees to their war-torn homeland where conflict still rages in many parts of the country, while others have sustained so much damage to basic »

Immigration & Refugees

Overwhelming number of Canadians wanted to help Syrian refugees

So many Canadians volunteered to help the thousands of Syrian refugees coming to Canada starting in 2015 that resettlement agencies could not cope. After initially promising to take in 25,000 Syrians the government had admitted over 40,000 by January 2017. »


Canada announces new humanitarian assistance for the Middle East

Canada will provide $239.5 million over the next three years to help meet growing humanitarian needs in Syria, Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie Marie-Claude Bibeau announced today. The funding will support the activities of humanitarian »

Immigration & Refugees, Society

Syrian refugees, one year later

The first wave of Syrian refugees arrived one year ago in Canada and soon their funding from the Canadian government or private sponsors will end. Some have found work and those who cannot support themselves will be able to get »

Immigration & Refugees

Bringing 25,000 Syrian refugees to Canada cost $385M

The Liberal government’s initiative to resettle 25,000 Syrian refugees from the Middle East to Canada cost the country’s taxpayers nearly $385 million, government statistics released today show. The final estimate of the cost of relocation program shows that in 2015-2016, the »

Immigration & Refugees, Politics

Senate committee urges more help for Syrian refugees in Canada

The federal government needs to take immediate action to address urgent financial, mental health and educational needs facing Syrian refugees, says the Senate Committee on Human Rights. Members of the committee are studying the integration of newly-arrived refugees, as well as »

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Arabic lessons in Newfoundland town

Arabic lessons are underway in Lewisporte, Newfoundland, in an effort to welcome the Syrian family that will soon be settling there. The town of 3,300 people, on a bay in north-central Newfoundland, will be helping the refugee family get accustomed »

Immigration & Refugees, International

Ottawa to take more privately sponsored Syrian refugees

Canada will process an additional 10,000 applications from private sponsorship groups wishing to help resettle Syrian refugees, federal Immigration Minister John McCallum said Thursday. McCallum’s announcement comes following complaints from Canadians who felt the government had scaled back its efforts after reaching its goal »