The conflict in Syria, which began in 2011, has caused widespread displacement with more than 4 million Syrian refugees fleeing to the neighbouring countries and another 8 million displaced internally. Only three countries, Jordan, Iraq and Turkey have formal refugee camps however, 85% of Syrian refugees live in non-camp environments such as urban centres or makeshift dwellings.
The Canadian government announced on November 24, 2015 that it plans to resettle 25,000 Syrian refugees. to help alleviate the overwhelming number of refugees residing in those countries. The refugees will either come as a Government Sponsored Refugees or as Privately Sponsored Refugees.
The following resources are available for community agencies and partners assisting with Syrian refugee resettlement.
Refugee Sponsorship Support Program
The Refugee Sponsorship Support Program assist groups seeking to privately sponsor refugees
Click here to find out ways your organization can help to Welcome Refugees.
Canadian Refugee Myth and Fact Sheets
Syrian Refugee Fact SheetRefugee Myth SheetSyrian Refugees: Cultural Considerations, Demographics, Health Characteristics, Employment and morePopulation Profile: Syrian Refugees Syrian Refugees: Information sheet on healthcare access through the Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP)Healthcare Access for Syrian Refugees Syrian Education Profile (World Education Services-WES)Syrian Educational Profile WESHow to Volunteer or Request Volunteers
If you need volunteers please provide Volunteer Halton with volunteer descriptions.
If you would like to volunteer Volunteer Halton has multiple opportunities.
Trained interpreters can be booked through the HMC Connections or The Centre for Education & Training.Interpretation ResourcesGuidelines when using face to face interpretationGuidelines when using telephone interpretationOtherSyrian Refugee Health Fact SheetWhere to find Help in HaltonWhere to find Help in HaltonWhere to find Food in Halton Where to get Food in HaltonThe Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development offers employment and training programs/services to help refugees settle in Ontario.
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