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After the First Year

After the first 12 months in Canada, new Nova Scotians who arrived as refugees transition off of federal income support. Read: After The First Year – What You Need to Know About New Nova Scotians


  • Current Refugee Crisis

    In mid-2014 there were 13 million refugees worldwide, up from 11 million a year earlier according to the UNHCR.
    Syria’s civil war is the worst humanitarian disaster of our time. With Syria in the fourth year of its civil war almost 12 million people – fully half the country’s population – are homeless. There are eight million internally displaced people inside Syria and four million refugees in the immediately neighbouring countries.

    While thousands of refugees continue to flee the war torn nation taking perilous journeys to neighbouring countries, it is clear resettlement to third countries like Canada is desperately needed.

    Throughout the past 5 decades, Canada has developed community support, as well as capacity and expertise, that has resulted in positive outcomes and successful resettlement for thousands of refugees. As a leading country in the field of resettlement and integration, with a long history of welcoming refugees, Canada has been asked by the international community to help address the Syrian refugee crises, which has been persisting over the past 3 years.

    Currently, the Government of Canada has committed to resettle Syrian refugees through the Government Assisted Refugee process. In addition, a number of private sponsor groups have been pro-actively initiating sponsorship applications.

  • Learn how to say five common expressions in Arabic

    Arabic 101: GreetingsIt’s always nice to say “hello” and help make people feel at home. Learn how to say five common expressions in Arabic:

    Posted by Montreal Gazette on Friday, December 11, 2015


  • Who is a refugee?

    A Convention Refugee is defined as someone who is:

    • outside of their home country, or the country where they normally live
    • unable to return to that country because of a well-founded fear of persecution based on: race, religion, political opinion, nationality or membership in a particular social group

    Refugees must qualify for entry under Canada’s laws and must pass medical and security checks before they can come to Canada.

  • What is the difference between refugees and other immigrants?

    Refugees are forced to flee for their lives. Other immigrants choose to move to another country.

  • Who are Government-Assisted Refugees?

    A Government Assisted Refugee (GAR) is a Convention Refugee selected from abroad by the Government of Canada for resettlement. GARs have permanent resident (PR) status when they arrive and receive financial and other support from the Government of Canada for up to one year.

  • Who are Privately Sponsored Refugees?

    A Privately Sponsored Refugees (PSR) is a Convention Refugee who is supported by private groups or organizations. PSRs have permanent resident (PR) status when they arrive and receive financial and other support from private groups or organizations. This  is a legal commitment in which sponsors agree to support and care for the sponsored refugee for up to one year.

    Learn about our Private Refugee Sponsorship Program

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Facts & Statistics

  • Current Statistics

    WorldRefugeeDay_postcard_2015_RefugeesNS12 million Syrians have fled their homes because of conflict – half are children

    4 million Syrians are refugees; most are in Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan

    More than 700, 000 Syrian refugees and other migrants risked their lives this year to travel to Europe. This number continues to increase.

    Canada is one of 28 countries to resettle approximately 100,000 refugees per year

    In 2013, 24,049 refugees and their families made Canada their home:

    • 5,790 were Government Assisted Refugees
    • 6,396 were privately sponsored
    • 8,149 refugees landed in Canada as well as 4,854 refugee dependents

    courtesy of ISS of BC

  • Myth VS Truth About Refugees

  • Canada’s Commitment


    As millions of Syrians continue to be displaced due to conflict in their home country, the Government of Canada will work with Canadians, including private sponsors, non-governmental organizations, provincial, territorial and municipal governments to welcome 25,000 Syrian refugees.

    Resettling refugees is a proud and important part of Canada’s humanitarian tradition. It reflects our commitment to Canadians and demonstrates to the world that we have a shared responsibility to help people who are displaced and persecuted…

    Read about Canada’s Commitment & How it Will Work on the Immigration, Refugees & Citizenship website.


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What can you do?

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