Syrian migrants share their challenges after coming to Canada

Thu, Nov 26: The Al Arid family arrived in Canada six months ago. They’re working hard as a family to adjust to their new life, after fleeing the civil war in Syria. But, they face some challenges in settling in. Robin Gill has their story.


List of Canadian cities where Syrian migrants will be resettled

A list of Canadian cities which will welcome Syrian refugees

By Staff The Canadian Press

Canada to contribute $100M to Syria, neighbouring countries for urgent humanitarian needs

OTTAWA – Approximately 15,000 of the 25,000 Syrian refugees who will arrive in Canada in the coming weeks are being resettled by the federal government.

Where they will go after arriving in Toronto or Montreal is linked to where there are organizations which can provide settlement services through contracts with the federal government.

Here is a list of destination communities provided by the Immigration Department:


St. John’s, N.L., Halifax, Charlottetown, Moncton, Fredericton, Saint John, N.B.


Quebec City, Trois-Rivieres, Victoriaville, Drummondville, Sherbrooke, Montreal, Gatineau, Laval, Saint-Jerome, Joliette, Sainte-Hyacinthe, Brossard, Granby.


Windsor, Ottawa, London, Toronto, Kitchener, Hamilton


Winnipeg, Regina, Saskatoon, Prince Albert, Moose Jaw, Edmonton, Medicine Hat, Calgary, Red Deer, Lethbridge.

British Columbia:

The Lower Mainland (No further details available).

© The Canadian Press, 2015

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Daphne Bramham: Canada’s commitment to 25,000 refugees must be met

To defer it would be letting the terrorists win


Syrians in Turkey’s Nizip Refugee Camp


Concern about who Canada lets in as part of its commitment to bring 25,000 Syrian refugees here by year’s end rose after one of the terrorists in last week’s attacks in Paris apparently had a fake Syrian passport that he used to enter Europe.

Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall and other federal Conservatives have called on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to suspend his plan.

No one wants to import terrorists, probably least of all the nascent Liberal government. So it is reasonable to wonder whether Canada is doing, or will do, enough to ensure that.

But what Canada is proposing is different from the situation imposed on Western European countries with 700,000 Syrians and others flooding their borders to escape both armed conflict and horrible economies in their homelands.

What’s been muddled ever since Alan Kurdi’s tiny body was photographed on a Turkish beach is that there are two distinct groups of people that Canada (and other countries) accept. There are refugees and asylum-seekers, two very different categories created by the 1951 United Nations’ Refugee Convention.

A refugee is someone who “owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality, and is unable to, or owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country.”

As of Nov. 3, the United Nations High Commission for Refugees had registered 4,287,293 Syrians who meet that definition.


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Syrian migrants: Diplomats and immigration officers told by Ottawa not to speak about airlift plan

BEIRUT, Lebanon — The timing of Canada’s crash program to bring 25,000 Syrian refugees to Canada by the end of the year keeps sliding, according to two officials familiar with aspects of the planning.

The original goal had been to begin the airlift by Thursday of this week, but as no charter aircraft have been booked yet, it would now be at least one more week before flights got underway, one of the officials said. When the flights reach their peak next month, about 1,000 refugees will be arriving in Canada every day.

The officials did not want to be identified because diplomats and immigration officers have been told by Ottawa not to speak about the matter, with all requests referred to the government.

“Unfortunately I have nothing to say to you at the moment,” Immigration Canada spokesman Jean-Bruno Villeneuve said in an email from Ottawa, adding that he was unable to confirm any details about the resettlement program.

Kelowna, Kamloops ready for Syrian migrants, but they may not adapt as easily to small towns

Government-assisted newcomers may not adapt as easily to small towns: official

Kelowna, Kamloops ready for Syrian refugees, community sponsors say

Government-assisted refugees are selected by the UN’s refugee agency on the basis of vulnerability and may not have the same built-in supports in small towns that privately sponsored refugess would have, said Chris Friesen, settlement services director with the Immigrant Services Society of B.C.

Photograph by: JOSEPH EID , AFP/Getty Images

Community groups in B.C. cities such as Kelowna and Kamloops say they are ready to take in Syrian newcomers, but the man in charge of settling the province’s government-assisted refugees says any push to send too many new arrivals outside Metro Vancouver could backfire.

There is already a Syrian family living in Kelowna and another in Summerland, said Marilyn Perry, chair of the Central Okanagan Refugee Committee, based out of Kelowna’s First United Church. The group is applying to sponsor a second family.

“Kelowna is a good spot because we have a mosque here, and 90 per cent of the people in Syria are Muslims,” Perry said. “We have good ESL here. The folks at the mosque, because their worship is in Arabic, they can provide us with translators and they’ve done that, and that’s been a good connection in many different ways.”

B.C.: Sudanese refugee in custody on allegations of murder sues province

18-year-old alleges he was held in solitary confinement for four months

A teen refugee who was allegedly kept in solitary confinement for four months at the Burnaby Youth Detention Centre is suing the provincial government.

Photograph by: Stuart Davis , Vancouver Sun files

METRO VANCOUVER — A teen refugee who was allegedly kept in solitary confinement for four months at the Burnaby Youth Detention Centre is suing the provincial government.

The 18-year-old boy, originally from what is now South Sudan, was remanded into custody in Burnaby on Oct. 7, 2014 on allegations of murder and attempted murder, according to a claim filed Tuesday in B.C. Supreme Court.

The teen, who cannot be named because he was a young offender at the time of his offence, accuses the Ministry of Children and Family Development of negligence, false imprisonment and Charter rights violations in its operation of the detention centre.

Vancouver Muslims want security focus on new Syrian refugees

Vancouver Muslims want security focus on new Syrian refugees

November 24, 2015. 9:53 am • Section: The Search

“We want to be on the right side of things. If one person in Canada suffers because of the arrival of these new refugees, I’ll be the first to speak out,” says David Ali, left, with wife, Farida Bano Ali. (Photo: Burnaby mosque)
“We want to be on the right side of things. If one person in Canada suffers because of the arrival of these new refugees, I’ll be the first to speak out,” says David Ali, left, with wife, Farida Bano Ali. (Photo: Burnaby mosque)
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David Ali wants the safety of Canadians to come first as Metro Vancouver’s diverse Muslim population prepares to sponsor Syrian refugees.

“We are strong believers in security. It’s our No. 1 priority. If Canadian officials feel any possible refugee is suspect … they must do due diligence,” said Ali, a spokesman for the B.C. Muslim Association, which represents more than 40,000 Sunni Muslims.

After French politicians said two suspects in the devastating attack in Paris took advantage of Syria’s refugee crisis to slip into France, Ali worries the emergence of any more terrorists in Canada will “give the backlash to all Muslims.”

Sixteen Syrian migrants arrive in Calgary after living in Lebanon for 1 year

‘Welcome to Canada’: Syrian refugees arrive in Calgary to tearful family, smiling, sign-toting strangers

Sixteen Syrian refugees were welcomed to Calgary on Monday by tearful family members they hadn’t seen in years, and a throng of smiling strangers who brought signs, warm winter clothing, teddy bears, toys, and candy to the airport.

After fleeing war-torn Syria, living in Lebanon for a year and three days, and spending countless hours on an airplane, Antoine Yousef, his wife, his wife’s sister, his 80-year-old mom, and his three-year-old twin daughters couldn’t stop smiling as they walked through the arrival gate at the Calgary International Airport on Monday afternoon.