Kitchener-Waterloo

By the numbers: Syrian refugees in the Region of Waterloo

New numbers from the Waterloo Region Syrian Refugee Resettlement Committee show 1,187 Syrian refugees have settled in the area.

New statistics on the number of refugees settling in the Region of Waterloo

Waterloo Region is expecting 1,000 refugee families in the next couple of months. (Kate Bueckert)

New numbers from the Waterloo Region Syrian Refugee Resettlement Committee show 1,187 Syrian refugees have settled in the area. Many of the government sponsored families are families of 7 or more. Statistics as of March 28th show:

  • 1,039 settled in Kitchener.
  • 62 settled in Waterloo.
  • 43 settled in Cambridge.
  • 16 settled in Elmira.
  • 22 settled in New Hamburg.
  • 5 settled in Conestogo.

The Committee notes that, although the numbers are current for each community today, refugees may seek and find accommodation elsewhere so the number of refugees living in a community may change over time.

Wendy Adema from Director of Ontario Programs with the Mennonite Central Committee of Ontario says its agency has worked with 60 local sponsorship groups; while 50 other groups are on a waiting list.

"Because the federal government has met its goal of 25 thousand, the number of new profiles going onto that profile list has really slowed down," Adema told CBC News.

"So [now] we are making a couple of matches a month, whereas for a period of time we were making a couple of matches a day."

The federal Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship department predicts another 500 to 700 refugees from Syria and other parts of the world will settle in Waterloo Region later this year and next.

In March, 19 refugees from other parts of the world, such as Ethiopia, Eritrea, Iraq and Iran also settled in the region.

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