We’re getting a closer look at the numbers of Syrian refugees arriving in Canada and British Columbia, as new flights arrive in cities across the country daily.
3,701 refugees from Syria have now arrived in Canada since November 4th. 1,163 of them are Government sponsored, 272 of them are on a blended visa (semi-government sponsored), and the remaining 2,266 of them are privately sponsored.
There are more than 18,623 applications in progress, with more than 5,190 resident visas issued to refugees who have yet to travel to Canada
Here in British Columbia, we’re getting our first look at which communities privately sponsored refugees are settling in.
Ottawa says up to 52 privately sponsored refugees are now living in the province: 18 in Burnaby, 9 in Vancouver, 5 in Coquitlam, and the remainder in Kelowna, Langley, Surrey and Victoria and New Westminster.
The government has also refined the numbers of approved applications for cities across the province, with 132 more privately sponsored refugees currently expected.
The largest group, 44, is destined for Vancouver, followed by Burnaby with 29.
The federal government has not provided data on where government sponsored refugees have arrived or are expected.
Click the interactive map below to see the numbers of expected and arrived privately sponsored refugees in BC communities.