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First member of sponsored Syrian refugee family arrives in Canada

We have an update on the story we brought you this week about a family of 8 asylum-seekers hoping to move to Canada. The first family member has arrived. We hear from a Ripple Refugee Project member about finally meeting the refugee he helped sponsor.
After fleeing Syria for Lebanon, the first family member Anas, of 8 asylum-seekers has arrived in Canada, thanks to The Ripple Refugee group. (CBC)

Today we have an update on the story we brought you this week in Piya Chattopadhyay's documentary "The Drop" about a family of 8 asylum-seekers hoping to move to Canada.

It was the story of the Ripple refugee group, as they call themselves, here in Toronto. They've been meeting for months, preparing for the arrival of a family from Syria.
A member of the Ryerson Lifeline Syria Challenge introduces Anas to one of his sponsors from the Ripple Refugee group, Andrew FitzGerald.

Shortly after our documentary aired, the first member of the family, Anas, landed on Canadian soil this past Tuesday.

The rest of Anas' family is expected to arrive on December 6th.  

Andrew FitzGerald is a member of the group of sponsors. He joined Piya Chattopadhyay in our Toronto studio.  

Listen to Piya's documentary "The Drop"

Today, we bring you the story of the Ripple Refugee Group who have become inextricably linked in their efforts to reach out and sponsor an eight-member family to arrive in Canada today. 19:02

This segment was produced by The Current's Liz Hoath.