More refugees moving to Coquitlam

The Tri-Cities continue to be a top destination for Government Assisted Refugees, according to statistics provided by the Immigrant Services Society.

Of the 196 refugees who arrived in B.C. between July 1 and Sept. 30, 35 or 24% moved to Coquitlam.

Burnaby, Surrey, New Westminster and Vancouver were other top destinations, receiving 33, 20, 28 and 15 refugees respectively, for a total of 196 since the summer.

The top five source countries for refugees during this time period were Iran (38%), Afghanistan (25%), Somalia (15%), Iraq (9%) and Cote d'Ivoire (4%).

In all, approximately 1,000 refugees have arrived in B.C. since the beginning of 2012, according to the 2012.

However, the closing of the Canadian embassy in Damascus and the transfer of immigration related matters to Turkey and Jordan has resulted in a processing delay that could reduce refugee numbers in the coming months.

Coquitlam, meanwhile, is doing its part to help with the settlement of refugees and other recent immigrants. Last week, the city held a welcome event for newcomers to Coquitlam to inform them about the municipality's services and programs.


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