With the recent announcement of the Liberal government’s plan to select 25,000 Syrian refugees to come to Canada by the end of the year, PEI has been showing its support in an abundance of ways. One of the Atlantic Provinces designated to take on the responsibility of integrating refugees into its society, several groups throughout PEI have begun to raise funds with the goal of assisting in bringing over Syrian families.
One such group was started at a church in Charlottetown, and are currently focused on raising funds for four select families to come to the island. This group was inspired to the cause upon seeing the horrible pictures displaying a three year old Syrian refugee drowning in his attempted escape from Turkey.
The Muslim Society of PEI has set its sights on supporting Syrian refugees who already have family connections in PEI, by seeking out Syrian members at their local mosque and inquiring about help refugees within their family unit might need. The group is in the process of preparing applications for private sponsorship for these family members.
By the end of 2015, it is expected that 100 Syrian refugees will be safely placed in PEI, with approximately 150 to come in the following few months, before the Liberals meet their target influx.
This blog post was written by a CCLA-PBSC RightsWatch student. Views expressed do not necessarily reflect the views of the CCLA or PBSC.