Syrian newcomers arrived in droves last December. 

In fall 2015, the federal Liberal government vowed to settle 25,000 Syrians countrywide. More than 35,000 Syrians have arrived in Canada since. In Toronto alone, there are over 4,000 privately-sponsored and government-assisted refugees, collectively.

For the one-year anniversary of the Syrian settlement, CBC Toronto's Metro Morning gathered a group of newcomers as well as sponsors to reflect on the past year and discuss the road ahead in the heart of the Newcomer Kitchen.

They put their questions and concerns directly to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in a roundtable discussion hosted by Metro Morning's Matt Galloway:

  • What do Syrian newcomers in Canada need to thrive?
  • Do they have sufficient support to succeed? 
  • Now that they've settled in their new home, the newcomers are hopeful to bring over the parents or siblings they had to leave behind. What will 2017 hold for refugees?
  • And how best can we leverage the skills of newcomers?

Watch the full exchange on Monday, Dec. 5 at and hear excerpts on Metro Morning 5:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. on 99.1 FM.