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WHERE WILL THEY SETTLE IN CANADA?

CITIES WHERE REFUGEES WILL GO, ACCORDING TO A NOV. 19 GOVERNMENT DOCUMENT

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A government strategy paper released Nov. 19 provided a snapshot of where the first wave of refugees will settle. Most newcomers will go to Toronto and Montreal, cities with establishe­d Syrian communitie­s that will help ease the transition. Politician­s and business associatio­ns in Nova Scotia are lobbying to receive more refugees than they are currently allocated, arguing new people will help revitalize the local economy and reverse the region’s long- term aging trend.

WHO ARE THE SPONSORS?

The newcomers need food, housing, education and health care. They will require translator­s, language training, social assistance and employment counsellin­g. That’s where refugee sponsors step in. Any group of five or more Canadian citizens or permanent residents can apply to sponsor a refugee. Prospectiv­e sponsors are required to raise a minimum of $27,000 and take settlement training. Sponsors can include private citizens, community organizati­ons and church groups. Sponsors agree to provide care, lodging and support for the first 12 months of residence in Canada, or until the refugee becomes self-sufficient.

 ?? SOURCES: UNITED NATIONS HIGH COMMISSION­ER FOR REFUGEES, CITIZENSHI­P AND IMMIGRATIO­N CANADA, NATIONAL POST NEWS SERVICES ??
SOURCES: UNITED NATIONS HIGH COMMISSION­ER FOR REFUGEES, CITIZENSHI­P AND IMMIGRATIO­N CANADA, NATIONAL POST NEWS SERVICES

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