Syrian refugee family waits on grandfather's arrival to Sudbury
Children started school on Monday morning
A family of Syrian refugees is getting settled in Sudbury this week — but they are still waiting for one more family member to arrive before they can call the Nickel City home.
When the Qarqouz family arrived at the Sudbury airport New Year's Eve, a mother, father and three children got off the plane.
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Missing was the grandfather, who was held back because of passport issues. He is currently waiting at a refugee camp in Lebanon, where they have been staying for the last few years.
Joanne Ross, who is with the St. Andrew's United Church refugee assistance committee, said the elder family member could arrive at any time.
"We have to just be very flexible and fluid and respond when they send the email that says they're on their way."
The Qarqouz family is the first of several Syrian refugees slated to arrive in the city.
Ross said the family was chosen because the dad is a baker, and his skills will fit well in the community.
The entire family will spend the new year getting English tutoring. The three boys — who are between the ages of nine and 12 — started classes at a public elementary school on Monday morning.