Refugees have began settling in Metro Vancouver but the government is facing new challenges… Two thirds of them are under 18 years old.
William Wong with the Vancouver School Board says there are support systems in place to help new students.
“We have multicultural liason workers and settlement workers in place, we have a welcome centre where all the new comer immigrants are registered into our district”
However Wong says some may face challenges trying get the credits needed for graduation
“There are many new comers that come here at an older age and they may not be able to meet the graduation requirements in the given time in high school, but that doesn’t mean that they still cannot graduate”
“Our youth workers would certainly work with them, as well as our councillors in the school to give them different options”
Wong says the school system has only received three students so far.
All three are privately sponsored.