Surrey schools brace for rush of refugees
Monday, November 16, 2015

The Surrey School District is anticipating 500 or more new students will enter local classrooms as an influx of Syrian refugees come to B.C. in the coming weeks.

Surrey is expected to be the number-one destination for refugees coming to the Metro Vancouver area. About 3,000 are expected by the end of the year, with approximately one-third predicted to reside in Surrey. A large percentage of those are expected to be school-aged children.

School district communications manager Doug Strachan said staff at the district's Welcome Centre have been examining the logistics of taking in so many new students since shortly after the federal election.

"We've been doing the best we can, but it has been difficult without having solid details," said Strachan.

 

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Source: The Leader