CALGARY: Support drying up for some Syrian migrants

Calgary advocates fear support drying up for some Syrian newcomers
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Dec. 28 Syrian refugees arrive Calgary

Siblings Maryam, Ines, Shirin and Malak hold up welcome signs for newly-arrived Syrian refugees at the Calgary International Airport in Calgary, Ab., on Monday December 28, 2015. (Mike Drew/Calgary Sun)

Some Syrian newcomers to Calgary are struggling to get by after support from private sponsors has dried up, say local advocates.

Sam Nammoura has helped Syrian newcomers who’ve alleged abuse, manipulation and a complete lack of financial or emotional support from the relatives that sponsored their journey to Calgary and whom they now rely on for housing, food and assistance as they adjust to a new life in Canada.

“They’re isolated. They have zero help,” he said.

“They’re really suffering tremendously.”

Nammoura, who works closely with newcomers as co-founder of the Syrian Refugee Support Group, said these refugees are terrified of speaking up about their struggles and in desperate need of jobs.

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Other immigrants should be accepted but not at expense of employed, settled newcomers, immigration lawyer says

Canada’s immigration plan needs to keep economic focus, Reis Pagtakhan says

Other immigrants should be accepted but not at expense of employed, settled newcomers, immigration lawyer says

By Reis Pagtakhan, for CBC News Posted: Mar 04, 2016 7:00 PM CT Last Updated: Mar 04, 2016 7:00 PM CT

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Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Minister John McCallum provides an update on the plan to bring 25,000 Syrian refugees to Canada. (CBC News)

The Canadian government will soon set out the types of immigrants the country wants to attract and how large that number will be.

Over the last 10 years, Canadian immigration policy has focused predominantly on bringing in economic immigrants. When the 2016 plan is released, Canadians will find out whether the Liberal government will continue the focus on economic immigrants or whether it will now focus on family immigrants and refugees.

So, why is the overall immigration plan important? This plan is about Canada’s future. Not only will tell us who will be our future neighbours, colleagues, classmates and citizens in 2016, it will also help shape Canada for the generations to come.

The recent announcements by the government that it will accept twice as many parent and grandparent immigration applications and as many as 50,000 Syrian refugees by the end of 2016 seem to indicate the new government’s focus is shifting to family immigrants and refugees.

Syrian refugee arrivals could affect intake of other immigrants: Ottawa

Syrian refugee arrivals could affect intake of other immigrants: Ottawa

The federal government will increase the total number of immigrants it welcomes this year, but the arrival of tens of thousands of Syrian refugees could still lead to cutbacks for other immigration streams, according to Immigration Minister John McCallum.

Mr. McCallum’s comments come as the government prepares to table its 2016 immigration targets by March 9, outlining the anticipated number of new permanent residents Canada will welcome this year.

In an interview with The Globe and Mail last week, the minister said the government will be “expanding the pie” to accommodate its ambitious Syrian refugee resettlement plan, which recently saw the arrival of the 25,000th Syrian since December. However, he said that “there are limits to how much we can expand the pie, so there will always be trade-offs.”

42% of Canadians don’t want Syrian “refugees”

42% of Canadians want government to stop taking in refugees now: poll

Newly-arrived Syrian refugees meet sponsors and relatives at the Armenian Community Centre in Toronto on Wednesday, December 16, 2015.

Newly-arrived Syrian refugees meet sponsors and relatives at the Armenian Community Centre in Toronto on Wednesday, December 16, 2015.

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More than 40 per cent of Canadians want the government to stop taking in Syrian refugees immediately, according to a new poll.

As the federal government’s self-imposed deadline of resettling some 25,000 Syrian refugees nears, 42 per cent of Canadians say the country should stop the intake immediately, according to a new poll from the Angus Reid Institute.

The Liberals vowed to reach theresettlement target by February 29, and as of Tuesday, 21,672 refugees have arrived in Canada.

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However, 29 per cent of the poll respondents said Canada should accept more refugees while another 29 per cent said the government should stop at its target of 25,000. According to the government’s website, Canada has already surpassed its target and has finalized applications for 26,233 refugees (4,561 have yet to travel).

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Thunder Bay greets Syrian migrant family

Thunder Bay greets Syrian refugee family with signs, flowers

Dozens waited at airport for 6 newcomers fleeing war-torn country

CBC News Posted: Feb 12, 2016 1:33 PM ET Last Updated: Feb 12, 2016 1:50 PM ET

  • The father of four said he's thankful to be in Thunder Bay with his family after escaping war-torn Syria.The father of four said he’s thankful to be in Thunder Bay with his family after escaping war-torn Syria. (Jody Porter/CBC)
A family of six Syrian refugees was greeted with a warm welcome Friday by local residents at Thunder Bay International Airport.

Members of the Right to Refuge group from the Grassroots Church sponsored the family and were among dozens in attendance to introduce the newcomers to Canada.

Nassim Al Kweyder, his wife and four children arrived to a bouquet of flowers, a plush teddy bear and welcoming signs with messages written in Arabic and English.CaptureRTOR

  • The father of four said he was thrilled with the reception his family received in Canada after escaping their war-torn country.

“They’re amazed,” Al Kweyder said through a translator. “They did not expect any of this, and they’re very surprised and they’re thankful that they’re in Thunder Bay surrounded with all these nice people.”

The newcomers could be seen holding a Tim Hortons cup and sporting winter attire as they left the airport, which is much needed considering the high of -21 C Friday in Thunder Bay.

The organization that sponsored the family said they are providing a furnished house and support to the family as they adjust to their new life in Canada.