Subject: MEDIA ADVISORY-release of report on Syrian refugee settlement experience

December 5, 2016


Release of report, Syrian Refugee Operation to British Columbia: One Year In - A Roadmap to Integration and Citizenship, highlighting key findings from Syrian refugee settlement experience after one year of arrival to British Columbia.


Friday, December 9, 2016; 10:00 – 11:00AM


ISSofBC (Immigrant Services Society of BC) and Syrian Refugee Representatives  


ISSofBC Welcome Centre – 2610 Victoria Drive, Vancouver, BC


With the unprecedented number of Syrian refugee arrivals to BC within the past year, ISSofBC took the opportunity to mark their first year in Canada by systematically probing early settlement experiences and outcomes. This process was conducted through two separate consultation initiatives, one focused on close to 60 youth, the other a survey with over 300 Syrian GAR head of households who arrived between November 4, 2015 and February 28, 2016.

Key findings to help the next wave of Syrian refugees settle in Canada will be released in a summary report in the hopes of impacting future policy and programs for refugees.

·        Chris Friesen, ISSofBC Director of Settlement Services presents key findings and settlement recommendations.

·        Findings cover areas of income security, education, housing, health, dental, mental well-being and family reunification.

·        Syrian refugees speak on settlement experiences in Canada.

Quick Facts – ISSofBC

·    Oldest, not-for-profit immigrant-serving organization incorporated in 1972 to respond to the settlement needs of 1,200 Ismaili refugees fleeing Idi Amin’s rule in Uganda;

·    One of the largest multi-ethnic immigrant-serving agencies in Canada serving over 25,000 clients a year in 14 sites throughout Metro Vancouver;

·    Over 400 staff and 1,000 active volunteers; services provided in over 40 languages;

·    ISSofBC website:

Media inquiries

Chris Friesen

T: 778-995-3009


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