Metro Vancouver cities brace for refugee influx
Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Up to 3,000 Syrian refugees are predicted to come to Metro Vancouver as a result of the new federal government's push to bring 25,000 to Canada by the end of the year.

And residents across the region are being urged to volunteer, donate and even open their homes to assist the incoming refugees once they arrive.

At least 10 per cent of Syrian refugees coming to Canada so far have come to B.C., and of those, the vast majority settle in Surrey, followed by surrounding cities such as Burnaby, New Westminster, Delta, Coquitlam and Richmond.

All of the 43 government-assisted Syrian refugees who have arrived in B.C. in 2015 have settled in those communities, and 26 of them are in Surrey.

"Surrey is expected to continue being the number one destination," said Chris Friesen, executive director of the Immigrant Services Society of B.C.

 

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Source: Surrey Leader