Subject: GAR Bulletin - Refugee Statistical Highlights July 1 - September 30, 2016

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  • Approximately 1,500 GARs to arrive between October and end of December – 1,200 to Metro Vancouver, 140 to Victoria region and 150 outside these two regions;
  • Four temporary reception sites/teams have been set up within Vancouver with a three-week temporary housing goal; No indication of family composition or size going forward but arrivals to date indicate smaller sized families and more single units;
  • Plans are underway in collaboration with the Ministry of Social Development on a multi-pronged approach to transition those Syrian GARs not financially self-sufficient by the end of their first year in Canada onto province income support;
  • Minister McCallum will announce in November a multi-year immigration plan and likely higher immigration targets for all immigration categories including humanitarian class and the new GAR baseline targets for BC.
Immigrant Services Society of BC, 2610 Victoria Drive, Vancouver, BC V5N 4L2, Canada
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