January 18, 2021

Syrian refugees celebrate fifth anniversary in Canada with virtual event – Victoria News

New Canadians take part in a virtual citizenship ceremony on Thursday, December 12, 2020, in a video recorded from a live stream on the YouTube channel of the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration, as seen on a phone in Toronto. Pledge of Canadian citizenship at an online ceremony organized by the Federal Department of Immigration to mark the fifth anniversary of the landing of the first plane filled with a group of Syrian refugees. Canadian Press / Giordano Ciampini

Syrian refugees celebrate their fifth anniversary in Canada with a virtual event

The first plane carrying Syrian refugees landed in Toronto on December 10, 2015

Canada’s welcome The organizers of a virtual celebration marking the fifth anniversary of the Syrian refugee era say Canadians’ support for newcomers is a beautiful example to other parts of the world.

In an interview with The Canadian Press, Bayan Ghadif, Managing Director of the Syrian Canadian Foundation, said thousands of Canadians have volunteered for Syrian refugees in every city and town in Canada.

Khadi says he is sad that the celebration will not take place in person due to the Govt-19 epidemic.

But now he feels it is a blessing that nearly 700 people from across the country have registered to attend online.

Khadib, who came to Canada as a Syrian refugee 30 years ago, says most of the Syrian refugees his organization has worked with have learned English and are grateful for the support they have received from their communities.

The first plane carrying Syrian refugees landed in Toronto on December 10, 2015, following the promise made by the Liberals during the 2015 election campaign that it would be much easier for them to reach Canada.

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Since then, nearly 73,000 Syrian refugees have been resettled here.


This story was produced with the financial assistance of Facebook and the Canadian Press News Fellowship.

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