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Syrian Refugees Destination Communities

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Refugees arriving from Syria will be a mix of government-assisted refugees (GARs), privately sponsored refugees (PSRs), and blended visa office-referred refugees (BVORs). Where they will go after arriving in Canada-known as their destination community-is based on one of these three programs.


Airport Receiving areas and Welcome Centres

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New receiving areas for Syrian refugees at ports-of-entry at Toronto Pearson International Airport, and Montréal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport are being temporarily put in place and will be operational until the end of February 2016. This will make processing at the airport as efficient and comfortable as possible for refugees who have made a long journey to their new home in Canada.


Processing Overview

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Identifying who may be eligible to come to Canada is an important first step in meeting Canada's commitment to bring 25,000 Syrian refugees by the end of February 2016.


Map of destination communities for privately sponsored Syrian refugees

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The Government of Canada has announced a goal of bringing 25,000 Syrian refugees to Canada by the end of February, 2016. The majority will be government-assisted refugees who will go to communities across Canada, where organizations with support services are available to help them integrate.


#WelcomeRefugees to Canada

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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.


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