'How to sponsor a Syrian?' is Canada's top Google query on refugees

With the Syrian refugee crisis receiving renewed attention, Canadians are increasingly taking to Google to find out more about the ongoing conflict.

Company tracked top searches between Sept. 2 and Sept. 3.

Residents of the besieged Palestinian camp of Yarmouk, queuing to receive food supplies, in Damascus, Syria on Jan. 31, 2014. (UNRWA via AP, File)

With the Syrian refugee crisis receiving renewed attention, Canadians are increasingly taking to Google to find out more about the ongoing conflict.

The technology company tracked the top five search terms relating to the Syrian refugee crisis from Sept 2. at 9 a.m. to Sept. 3 at 9 a.m. Here are the most popular queries and our attempts to answer them.

1. How to sponsor a Syrian refugee in Canada?

According to the government of Canada website, "a number of organizations have signed sponsorship agreements with the Government of Canada to help support refugees from abroad when they resettle in Canada. These organizations are known as sponsorship agreement holders. They can sponsor refugees themselves or work with others in the community to sponsor refugees."

2. How to help Syrian refugees?

There are numerous organizations operating in Canada providing support to Syrian refugees. CBC News has compiled a list of some of the most prominent groups.  

3. Why is there a refugee crisis?

Syria has been embroiled in a civil war since March of 2011. The unrest began within the context of Arab Spring protests and large demonstrations against President Bashar al-Assad's government.

4. How much does a refugee cost Canada?

"It's an unanswerable question," said Audrey Macklin, Professor and Chair in Human Rights Law at the University of Toronto. "How much does a Canadian cost the government?"

According to the Canadian Council for Refugees, "refugee claimants and refugees recognized by the Immigration and Refugee Board receive no special income assistance. They may, depending on provincial regulations, be entitled, like other residents, to social assistance."

5. What is a refugee?

According to UNHCR website,  the term "refugee" applies to any person who "owing to well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality and is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country; or who, not having a nationality and being outside the country of his former habitual residence as a result of such events, is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to return to it."

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