Video series: Remembering Operation Syrian Refugees

Choice of a Lifetime

Choice of a Lifetime

Hear Jean-Nicolas Beuze, former United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Canada Representative, discuss Operation Syrian Refugees and the UNHCR’s role.

Deciding to Come to Canada

Deciding to Come to Canada

Watch Dawn Edlund, former Associate Assistant Deputy Minister of Operations, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, and Government of Canada Operational Lead for Operation Syrian Refugees, discuss refugee resettlement.

An Important Challenge – Resettling Syrian Refugees

An Important Challenge – Resettling Syrian Refugees

Olivier Jacques, Senior Director of Geographic Operations, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, and former Director of the Canadian Operations Centre in Amman, Jordan, explains what it was like setting up temporary processing centres and working with partners to resettle 25,000 Syrian refugees.

Changing Lives

Changing Lives

Sharon Chomyn, former Area Director, North Europe and the Gulf for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, describes the lasting impact that helping 25,000 Syrian refugees, including many children, had on those involved.

Finding a Way to Make it Work

Finding a Way to Make it Work

Dawn Edlund, former Associate Assistant Deputy Minister of Operations, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, and Government of Canada Operational Lead for Operation Syrian Refugees, describes setting up new facilities overseas to interview more than 25,000 Syrian refugees.

Pop-up Office

Pop-up Office

Craig Murphy, Programme Manager for the Emerging Resettlement Countries Joint Support Mechanism, International Organization for Migration (IOM), Geneva talks about his organization’s role in Operation Syrian Refugees, including where the IOM set up processing centres and transportation for more than 25,000 Syrian refugees in 100 days.

The First Flights

The First Flights

Dawn Edlund, former Associate Assistant Deputy Minister of Operations, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, and Government of Canada Operational Lead for Operation Syrian Refugees, talks about the 99 flights that brought Syrian refugees to Canada.

Settlement: We Can All Help

Settlement: We Can All Help

Deborah Tunis, former Director General of Integration and Special Coordinator for Syrian Refugee Resettlement at Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, talks about working with settlement providers, provinces and territories to plan for the arrival of Syrian refugees.

Welcome to Canada

Welcome to Canada

Dawn Edlund, former Associate Assistant Deputy Minister of Operations, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, and Government of Canada Operational Lead for Operation Syrian Refugees, recalls setting up welcome centres in Toronto and Montréal to greet incoming flights of Syrian refugees.

Big Dreams Can Come True

Big Dreams Can Come True

Learn about how Tareq Hadhad, Co-founder of Peace by Chocolate and a former Syrian refugee who was part of Operation Syrian Refugees, founded his own business and started a new life with his family in Canada.

Rowing in the Same Direction

Rowing in the Same Direction

Carl Nicholson, Executive Director of the Catholic Centre for Immigrants, Ottawa, remembers how people joined forces to welcome Syrian refugees and talks about how some of them are adjusting to life in Canada.

From Loss to Learning

From Loss to Learning

Lisa Bamford de Gante, Executive Director, Multicultural Association of Fredericton Inc., talks about her experience welcoming Syrian refugees.

Finding a Place to Call Home

Finding a Place to Call Home

Dawn Edlund, former Associate Assistant Deputy Minister of Operations, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, and Government of Canada Operational Lead for Operation Syrian Refugees, recalls some of the challenges settlement providers encountered as they welcomed refugees and some of the innovative solutions they developed.

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