Cross Country Checkup

Are we giving newcomers enough support to build a new life in Canada?

Many Syrian refugees fled to Canada in the hope of a better life. The challenges are daunting: finding a home, a job, learning a new language ...and a new culture. Are we giving newcomers enough support to build a new life in Canada? With host Duncan McCue.
Maryam and Nore Kasmeih wait for Syrian refugees at the airport, their mother came to Canada 15 years ago and their family that was in Syria has fled to Turkey. Syrian refugees begin to arrive in Canada at Pearson International Airport in Mississauga. December 10, 2015. (Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
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Many Syrian refugees fled to Canada in the hope of a better life. The challenges are daunting: finding a home, a job, learning a new language ...and a new culture. Are we giving newcomers enough support to build a new life in Canada?

They arrived in Canada fleeing war-ravaged Syria, a conflict that has displaced millions of men, women and children. It was the image of one dead child on a beach that spurred Canadians to action and now we have taken in 31,000 Syrian refugees. Soon the year will be up for the first wave of newcomers and their monthly government cheques will stop. Immigration and settlement workers call it "the crisis of the 13th month."

As the excitement of escaping to a new country fades, how is the transition going? What are the challenges and the joys? Checkup visited one of Canada's most diverse cities, Mississauga, Ont., to find out and hear some of those stories first hand.

Our question today: Are we giving newcomers enough support to build a new life in Canada?

GUESTS

Huda Bukhari, Executive Director, Arab Community Centre, head office in Etobicoke and delivering support services newcomers in Ontario

Marwan Ismail, Executive Director of the Polycultural Immigrant & Community Services
Twitter: @marwanismail

Links & Articles

CBC.ca

The Globe and Mail

Huffington Post

Canadian Immigrant

Vancouver Sun

Calgary Herald

Toronto Star

BBC

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