PEI

Burmese refugees could be heading for P.E.I.

The federal government announced Thursday it will allow 1,300 more Karen refugees from Burma into Canada, and some of them may be bound for Charlottetown.

The federal government announced Thursday it will allow 1,300 more Karen refugees from Burma into Canada, and some of them may be bound for Charlottetown.

Charlottetown is one of only a few Canadian cities in which previous refugees have settled — about 10 of 800 that arrived in 2006 — and the government says most of those due to arrive this year are relatives of former refugees already in the country.

The potential immigrants are an ethnic minority in Burma, also known as Myanmar, and most have been living in refugee camps for years.

They will start arriving later this year. Figures have not been released on how many might settle on P.E.I.