Topic: refugees in b.c.

COVID-19 halts Canadian arrivals for refugees detained for years near Australia

A Vancouver organization is ready to welcome 97 refugees who've been detained on islands north of Australia, but COVID-19 has put a wrench in the plan.

Surviving the terminal: one former airport dweller's advice to a fellow Syrian stuck in transit

Hassan Al Kontar is trapped in an airport — but he's not the first refugee to become stranded.

Transit tops report's list of needs for immigrant youth to better settle in Metro Vancouver

The report by the Vancouver Foundation and Fresh Voices suggested TransLink or the government provide a subsidized bus pass for recent immigrants or young refugees.

'Trauma-informed' daycare for refugee children among new child-care projects

Qualicum First Nation and Victoria's Immigrant and Refugee Centre are among 52 groups sharing $33 million announced for new daycare spaces in B.C. this week
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New Canadian speaks out against atrocities at refugee camp he used to call home

Iranian refugee Amir Taghinia escaped a desperate situation in an Australian refugee camp and now is speaking out on behalf of those left behind.
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Immigration minister meets with youth group, plays soccer

Canada's immigration, refugees and citizenship minister, Ahmed Hussen met with a group of refugee and immigrant teens in Vancouver on Friday to hear some of their recommendations, and then proceeded to play some indoor soccer with the group.

B.C. kindergarten student maimed in Syrian rocket attack gets new leg

A 5-year-old B.C. girl maimed in a rocket attack has a new limb to replace the leg she lost in the Syrian war.

B.C. Armenian church celebrates Orthodox Christmas with sponsored refugees

Syrians who came to Canada say their prayers are simple: thanks for safety in Canada and a chance for a new life.

Driver's licensing a frustration for some Syrian refugees

For many Syrian refugees, driving independently is a key factor for successfully settling into Canadian life. But in some cases, the rules don't make it easy, and drivers bring interesting habits back from war-torn Syria.
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Challenges and triumphs: Syrian refugees' 1st year in Canada

A surge of Syrian refugees began arriving in Canada in December 2015. In the year they've spent here, many have found welcoming communities, but also faced hurdles that come with settling in a foreign country when you don't speak the local language or have a job lined up.

B.C. kindergarten student still recovering from war wounds

After a rocket attack destroyed her Syrian home, this four-year-old war amputee's recovery includes climbing the monkey bars in a remote B.C. village.

Tabouleh & turkey (make that halal chicken) and sharing Thanksgiving Day

CBC host Gregor Craigie ponders thankfulness as he prepares to host Syrian refugees for Thanksgiving Day — people who have lost homes, businesses and family members. 'Would I be thankful if I were them? Could I be?'

Governor General celebrates MOSAIC's 40th anniversary

Governor General David Johnston joined dozens of immigrants and refugees in celebrating MOSAIC's 40th anniversary

More than just refugees: Syrian kids tell their stories their way

“They have so many things to talk about, not just their experiences of migration,” curator says of the young photographers in her exhibit.

Federally-funded English language programs facing cuts in B.C.

Federally-funded English language programs are being cut in B.C, and service providers expect wait lists to grow as a result.

Refugee injured in Baghdad bomb blast sits on B.C. wait list

Farrah Ali, an injured Iraqi refugee arrived in B.C. in November of 2014 and has been waiting to see a specialist since then.

Refugee families in Burnaby adjust to new life with help of Canadian mentors

Dozens of refugee families in Burnaby are being paired up with Arabic-speaking Canadian mentors that are helping the newcomers adjust to life in B.C.

Syrian refugee celebrates 'amazing' 1st Canada Day in B.C.

Yasin Alhomsi arrived in Vancouver last December after being separated from his father for 15 years and his family is now celebrating their first Canada Day together.

Syrian doctor says physicians need to be aware of refugees' special needs

Dr. Vanig Garabedian, one of the first Syrian refugees to come to Canada on a government plane, wants to help Canadian doctors understand the cultural barriers refugee women have with gynecological and obstetrical care.

Thieves target home of Syrian refugee family in North Vancouver

While the thieves didn't get away with much, it's the psychological loss that's hitting hard says family.

Syrian family reunited in B.C. after five years apart

It's been five long years filled with doubt and uncertainty, but Campbell River woman Merell Awad has her mother and extended family safely in Canada.

Surrey program tackles 'huge gaps' in support for Syrian refugee mental health

An innovative program in Surrey brings together Syrian refugee families to address the trauma of their past.

Vancouver welcome centre for immigrants and refugees opens its doors

The $24.5 million facility near Commercial-Broadway station has 138 beds and offers English language classes, employment and settlement programs plus more.

Newcomer forum in Surrey aims to demystify police role in Canada

Mounties in Surrey, B.C., are working to build trust with refugees and other newcomers to Canada.

After 3 months in limbo, Syrian refugees find home and community

A Syrian refugee family that felt frustrated and isolated after living in limbo for three months has moved into a permanent home in Burnaby, and a local church has stepped up to assist the family financially and emotionally.

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