Open your doors to Syrians, Metro residents asked
Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Metro Vancouver residents are being asked to open their homes and communities to the estimated 2,700 Syrian refugees expected to arrive in this province in the coming weeks.John McCallum, the new minister of immigration, refugees and citizenship, has said the Liberal government intends to fulfil a promise to bring 25,000 Syrian refugees to Canada by Dec. 31.The department has not indicated how many will be coming to B.C., said Chris Friesen, settlement services director with the Immigrant Services Society of B.C. But based on past settlement patterns, he said, the province can reasonably expect to host 10 to 11 per cent of the total.An analysis by Immigrant Services of refugee settlement patterns over the past decade suggests three quarters of the new Syrian arrivals will end up in Surrey, Coquitlam and Burnaby. Vancouver and New Westminster round out the top five destinations in B.C.

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Source: Vancouver Sun.