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By engaging and responding to the media, ISSofBC continues to build public awareness on current issues affecting refugees and immigrants in Canada.

May 19, 2017 – London Drugs Celebrates Canada 150 by Supporting 150 New Canadian Families – London Drugs

May 4, 2017 – Syrian refugees settling in ‘non-traditional’ B.C. locations – Vancouver Sun

May 3, 2017 – Coquitlam Syrian refugees on the move – Tri-City News

April 28, 2017 – BC Muslim women’s shelter becomes asylum haven for US border crossers – CBC News

April 27, 2017 – Meet Petros, an African refugee on his way to becoming a Canadian – Vancouver Courier

April 27, 2017 – Vancouver announces $181K for refugee groups  – CBC News

April 27, 2017 – Cash-strapped B.C. organizations seek to accommodate refugee influx  – The Globe and Mail

April 26, 2017 – Increase in 2017 asylum claims sparks Vancouver refugee collaboration – Vancouver Metro

March 29, 2017 – ‘We have capacity to deal with asylum seekers,’ says immigration minister – The Province

March 28, 2017- Border-crosser arrests drop steeply in B.C., rise elsewhere – The Globe and Mail

March 22, 2017 – This Syrian refugee wants to learn more about Canada’s First Nations – National Observer

March 20, 2017 – Vancouver app aims to connect refugees and immigrants with resettlement services – Vancouver Metro

March 2, 2017 – Refugee welcome centre closes doors – CBC News

March 2, 2017 – Most asylum seekers slip into B.C. through Peace Arch Park – CBC News

March 1, 2017 – B.C. refugee centre reports sharp jump in asylum seekers – Vancouver Sun

February 26, 2017 – B.C. has received over 90 refugee claimants so far in 2017: ISS of BC – AM 730

February 24, 2017 – New to Canada? What do you know about curling? – Tri-City News

February 20, 2017 – In the shadow of SkyTrain – CBC News

February 9, 2017 – Immigrant Services Society sees 25 per cent spike in donations – News 1130

February 8, 2017 – So much to say about Baljit Sethi – Prince George Citizen

February 7, 2017 – Refugees lose fingers to frostbite as they WALK to Canada from the U.S. – Daily Mail

January 28, 2017 – Canada should up refugee targets after Trump ban: BC immigrant group – News 1130

January 25, 2017 – Canada urged to keep borders open amid Trump directives – The Globe and Mail

January 25, 2017 – B.C. settlement groups prepare for possible bump in immigrants and refugees – News 880

January 23, 2017 – Langley’s Immigrant Services Society office marks fifth anniversary – Langley Advance

January 23, 2017 – B.C.’s Syrian refugees face income squeeze with switch to provincial welfare – Vancouver Sun

January 15, 2017 – Offers of help for refugees overwhelm support groups – Vancouver Sun

January 10, 2017 – Volunteers needed for Moody Centre reno project to house refugees – Tri-City News

December 30, 2016 – Vancouver in 2016  – Vancouver Metro

December 23, 2016 – First Christmas in Canada – Prince George Citizen

December 22, 2016 – 5 organizations worthy of your support over the holiday season – The Georgia Straight

December 22, 2016 – Newcomer families to receive toys for Christmas – Roundhouse Radio

December 19, 2016 – Syrian refugee map in BC – CBC News

December 15, 2016 – Syrian with relatives in Aleppo lives under cloud of uncertainty – Vancouver Sun

December 15, 2016 – After one year, Syrians find support, challenges – Tri-City News

December 15, 2016 – A milestone looms for Canada’s Syrian refugees: ‘Month 13’ – Maclean’s

December 13, 2016 – Refugee settlement experience —one year in: report by ISSofBC – Canadian Immigrant

December 12, 2016 – Syrian refugee report shows challenges and successes after one year in B.C. – Vancouver Metro

December 11, 2016 – Half of adult Syrian refugees unemployed 1 year later: Liberals – Global News

December 10, 2016 – Vancouver mayor, community groups sign 101 Days of Action pledge against racism – CBC News

December 9, 2016 – Syrian refugees one year later. Adoptions and reunions – BC Almanac

December 9, 2016 – New report offers glimpse into lives of British Columbia’s Syrian refugees – The Globe and Mail

December 9, 2016 – Syrian refugees in Canada lose support one year on: ‘How are we going to live?’ – the guardian

December 9, 2016 – Most Syrian refugees in English classes, but few finding work: survey – Times Colonist

December 9, 2016 – Three-quarters of B.C.’s Syrian refugees attend English classes, but finding work more difficult – Vancouver Sun

December 9, 2016 – Syrian refugees in B.C. actively looking for work, but a third live in emotional turmoil: report – Global News

December 9, 2016 – One year in, Syrian refugees in B.C. struggle to find employment – CBC News

December 9, 2016 – New report offers glimpse into lives of British Columbia’s Syrian refugees – The Globe and Mail

December 9, 2016 – Syrian refugees, one year later: ‘I feel like Canada is my country’– Vancouver Metro

December 8, 2016 – Syrian refugees hit 1-year anniversary of Canadian arrival – Vancouver Metro

December 2, 2016 – B.C. can expect boost in Mexican tourists, refugee claimants after visa requirement lifted – Vancouver Sun

November 16, 2016 – Syrian refugees behind spike in Surrey food bank demand – News 1130

November 14, 2016 – The heroic mental health workers helping Syrian refugees recover from the trauma of war – National Observer

October 31, 2016 – Mixed reaction as B.C. prepares to open doors under ambitious federal immigration plan – Vancouver Sun

October 24, 2016 – Ottawa to hear from Syrian teens in Vancouver on refugee challenges – CKNW

October 23, 2016 – From campaign promise to shared Thanksgiving feasts, Trudeau’s Syrian refugee plan takes shape – Yahoo News

October 18, 2016 – Young Syrian refugees in Vancouver worried about housing, education – The Globe and Mail

October 11, 2016 – Young Syrian refugees talk frankly about barriers and opportunities – National Observer

October 5, 2016 – ISSofBC Welcome Centre – Award Magazine

October 2, 2016 – At their visit’s end, royals thank Canada for family memories – Maclean’s

October 2, 2016 – William and Kate praise Canada for ‘happy’ family memories – BBC News

October 1, 2016 – Prince William, Kate spend final day of tour focusing on youth, mental health – CityNews

September 29, 2016 –  Royal Visit to ISSofBC Welcome Centre – Roundhouse Radio

September 26, 2016 – Syrian refugees in Canada – the guardian

September 26, 2016 – Canada royal tour 2016 recap – Mirror

September 26, 2016 – Britain’s Prince William, Kate tour Vancouver without kids – Daily Mail

September 26, 2016 – William and Kate woo Vancouver – National Post

September 26, 2016 – Highlights from day two of the royal tour – Hello Magazine

September 25, 2016 – Prince William and Princess Kate Link Up with the Trudeaus – People Magazine

September 25, 2016 – Royal visit: Prince William and Kate meet Syrian refugee families – Vancouver Metro

September 25, 2016 – Royal Visit: Syrian refugee family visits with Duke and Duchess – The Province

September 25, 2016 – Will and Kate visit the Immigrant Services Society of B.C. – CKNW

September 25, 2016 – The Royal Tour 2016 – CTV News

September 15, 2016 – Young Mexican, Afghan immigrants to meet prime minister and royal couple in Vancouver – Vancouver Sun

September 14, 2016 – ISSofBC launches online Refugee Readiness Hub for service providers – Canadian Immigrant

September 12, 2016 – Royal Tour: Five places to spot Prince William and Kate during their Vancouver visit – Vancouver Sun

September 12, 2016 – William, Kate to bring Prince George, Princess Charlotte on B.C., Yukon visit – CBC News

September 6, 2016 – B.C. ‘better prepared’ for new wave of refugees – Saskatoon Star Phoenix

August 29, 2016 – Life in Canada still tough for Syrian sisters – The Vancouver Sun

August 29, 2016 – Kurdi family finds home in Coquitlam – The Vancouver Sun

August 29, 2016 – Return to school a challenging milestone for Syrian refugees – The Vancouver Sun

August 29, 2016 – Arrival of second influx of Syrians will be smoother: immigration groups – News 1130

August 26, 2016 – Coquitlam business owner challenges Tri-City companies to hire newcomers – Tri-City News

August 19, 2016 – Refugees displaced by Coquitlam fire still without permanent homes – The Vancouver Sun

August 10, 2016 – Coquitlam firefighters society to donate gift cards to fire victims – The Province

August 4, 2016 – ISSofBC Welcome Centre mini documentary – Fake Honey Pictures

August 2, 2016 – Syrian refugee families struggle to find housing after Coquitlam apartment fire – CBC News

June 30, 2016 – ISSofBC Welcome Centre – Accessible Media Inc.

June 27, 2016 – One-of-a-kind ISSofBC Welcome Centre for immigrants and refugees officially opens – Canadian Immigrant

June 27, 2016 – Vancouver opens long-awaited immigrant support centre – Business in Vancouver

June 23, 2016 – A welcome home to arriving refugees – Metro Vancouver

June 20, 2016 – Leaving Syria: Life in Van as a refugee – Vancity Blog

June 18, 2016 – Welcome Centre in East Vancouver – Sing Tao Chinese Newspaper- English Summary

June 10, 2016 – Surrey home to almost half of BC’s Syrian refugees – Vancouver Sun

June 7, 2016 – Planning table lays out strategy to help refugees, immigrants – Burnaby Now

June 3, 2016 – Vancouver welcome centre for immigrants and refugees opens its doors – CBC News

June 3, 2016 – New refugee centre opens its doors in Vancouver – Vancouver Sun

June 3, 2016 – Unique centre welcomes refugees, immigrants – Vancouver Courier

May 27, 2016 – Massive Refugee Centre Opens as Agencies Brace for Second Syrian Wave – Metro Vancouver

April 11, 2016 – Volunteers in Burnaby assemble ‘necessity kits’ for Syrian refugees – CBC News

April 8, 2016 – Cherry(ty) raises money for Syrian refugees – The UBYSSSEY

April 3, 2016 – Syrian refugees visit a snowy local B.C. mountain – The Province

March 28, 2016 – Refugee families in Burnaby adjust to new life with help of Canadian mentors – CBC News

March 20 – Hotels return to service as refugees find homes – Vancouver Sun

March 18, 2016 – Vancouver receives $500,000 from Welcome Fund for Syrian Refugees – CNW Newswire

March 10, 2016 – Is this 104 year old Syrian woman the oldest refugee ever admitted to Canada? – The Province

March 9, 2016 – Syrian refugees find work against the odds – CBCNews

March 8, 2016 – Coquitlam, Surrey tops in housing Syrians – Tri-City News

March 8, 2016 – First year students partner with Immigrant Support Services of BC to support refugees – The UBYSSEY

March 7, 2016 – Federally-funded English language programs facing cuts in B.C. – CBC News

March 3, 2016 –  New country, new family for Metro Vancouver Syrian couple – The Vancouver Sun

February 27 – Liberals to announce Syrian refugee goal met: B.C. immigrant services society – CBC News

February 24, 2016 – How an iconic Kingsway motel became a temporary Syrian community– Vancouver Courier

February 24, 2016 – ‘Everything Is Being Stretched,’ Say Refugee Settlement Agencies – The Tyee

February 24, 2016 – Refugee family of nine struggles to find home – The Vancouver Sun

February 19, 2016 – Syrian refugees say they feel trapped without adequate help – CBC News

February 11, 2016 – Fewer Syrian refugees settling in Burnaby – Burnaby  Now

February 8, 2016 – #Startland aims to help refugees get a toe hold in the tech sector – CBC News

February 6, 2016 – Dozens of refugees set to arrive in Abbotsford by end of month – The News

February 5, 2016 –  Victoria to start receiving government-assisted refugees – The Vancouver Sun

January 29, 2016 – B.C. tech sector rallies to train Syrian refugees how to code – Business in Vancouver

January 27, 2016 – Temporary Surrey hotel rooms for 150 refugees as agency scrambles to find permanent housing – The Surrey Now

January 25, 2016 – Ministry of Education Works to Better Teach Young Refugees – Kelowna Now

January 19, 2016 – Syrian refugee intake hits snag in B.C. as temporary housing full in metro – The Province

January 15, 2016 – Refugee arrivals to Vancouver paused as agency scrambles to find housing – Vancouver Sun

December 28, 2015 – Tima Kurdi welcomes her family to Metro Vancouver – CBC News

December 28, 2015 – B.C. refugee advocate gives voice to youth – The Globe and Mail

December 24, 2015 – Nearly 1,000 British Columbians have offered housing for Syrian refugees – The Vancouver Sun

December 22, 2015 – Ottawa to modify immigration loan program – The Globe and Mail

December 22, 2015 – Refugees in B.C. and where they came from – CBC News

December 18, 2015 – Vancouver supports interest-free loans – News Talk 980 CKNW

December 15, 2015 – Open Vancouver’s Jericho barracks for Syrian refugees – Times Colonist

December 7, 2015 – Syrian-Canadian musician performs to raise money for refugees– CBC News

December 3, 2015 – B.C. to deploy refugee settlement team – The Vancouver Sun

December 2, 2015 – What happens when Syrian refugees arrive in Vancouver – Vancouver Courier

December 2, 2015 – Syrian refugees: Map shows locations for the 220 coming to BC – CBC News

November 25, 2015 – 2,000 Syrian refugees coming to B.C. by February– Global News

November 24, 2015 – Justin Trudeau justifies refugee delay – CBC News

November 23, 2015 – Mentoring refugee a rewarding experience, CBC Radio

November 20, 2015 – Ian Gillespie to house Syrian refugees in apartments– Huffington Post Canada

November 20, 2015 – High rent limits refugee intake in Richmond – Richmond News

November 19, 2015 – 加拿大将接受2.5万叙难民 政府呼吁民众协助 – Phoenix Satellite TV

November 17, 2015 – Burnaby set to receive hundreds of Syrian refugees – Burnaby Now

November 17, 2015 – Refugee resettlement in Northeast B.C. unlikely anytime soon: expert – Alaska Highway News

November 17, 2015 – U.S. guide lays out cultural challenges faced by Syrian refugees – CBC News

November 16, 2015 – Syrian refugees settling at highest per capita rate in Coquitlam – CBC News

November 16, 2015 – B.C. begins preparing for expected influx of Syrian refugees – The Vancouver Sun

November 15, 2015 – Canada should not slow process on Syrian refugees – The Vancouver  Sun

November 12, 2015 – Syrian refugees: How you can help – Global News

November 10, 2015 – How to help Syrian refugees coming to B.C.– CBC News

November 4, 2015 – Support groups say Trudeau’s refugee promise will add pressure –  The Star Phoenix

October 30, 2015 – Refugee Deadline too tight? – CTV News

October 29, 2015 – Trudeau wants 25,000 more Syrian refugees in Canada by Jan. 1 – Global News

October 29, 2015 – Justin Trudeau Is Sticking to His Syrian Refugee Plan Despite Pleas to Slow Down – Vice News

October 28, 2015 – Liberals still vowing 25,000 Syrian refugees by year’s end – CTV News

October 28, 2015 – David Berner interviews Chris Friesen on Justin Trudeau’s promise – Shaw TV

October 28, 2015 – Justin Trudeau’s promise to take 25,000 Syrian refugees this year ‘problematic’ – CBC News

October 27, 2015 –  Immigrant groups ask for more time to settle Syrian refugees – The Vancouver Sun

October 24, 2015 – B.C. prepares for refugee influx– The Vancouver Sun

October 22, 2015 – Swift action for refugees urged as Trudeau’s promised deadline looms– The Toronto Star

October 22, 2015 – Windsor ‘ready and able’ for possible flood of Syrian refugee influx – The Windsor Star

October 14, 2015 – Exile to Embrace: A Refugee’s Road to Resettlement in Vancouver – News Talk 980 CKNW

October 13, 2015 – New Welcome Centre: A Potential Poster-Child for Housing Refugees – Spacing Vancouver

October 13, 2015 – Immigrant and Refugee Support Centre Taking Shape – Journal of Commerce

October 12, 2015 – New $24.5M Welcome House to include Immigrant Legal Advice – Canadian Lawyer

October 8, 2015 – PMO halted processing of Syrian refugees, report reveals – CBC Radio

October 7, 2015 – Editorial: Desire to help refugees is only the first step – The Vancouver Sun

September 23, 2015 – Refugee and Immigrant Centre Says BC Reneged on Welcome House Grant – The Globe and Mail

September 21, 2015 – Refugee Agency Calls out BC Government on $5-million Promise – Vancouver Courier

September 15, 2015 – Vancouver council calls on feds to welcome 20,000 refugees annually – Vancouver Metro

September 12, 2015 – Syrian relief fund welcomed by B.C. immigrant group – CBC News

September 11, 2015 – Syrian Family Finds Peace and Hope in Vancouver – The Globe and Mail

September 11, 2015 – Canada Only Country to Charge Refugees Interest on Travel Loans: Advocates – CityNews

September 11, 2015 – From Uganda to Vancouver: A refugee’s story – Vancouver Courier

September 10, 2015 – Syrian refugee crisis leaving other refugees waiting – CBC News

September 10, 2015 – ISSofBC’s Welcome House in Vancouver – Canadian Immigrant

September 9, 2015 – We will take refugees, but need more support, Metro Vancouver mayors say – Vancouver Sun

September 9, 2015 – Syrian refugee praises Canadian services at new Vancouver welcome centre – Vancouver Metro

September 8, 2015 – Refugee crisis: 4 ways you can help – CBC News

September 8, 2015 – Canada ‘can move mountains’ to save refugees – Surrey Leader

September 8, 2015 – Pressure grows to scrap refugee loan repayments – Surrey Leader

September 8, 2015 – Hundreds Attend Vancouver Forum on How to Help Syrian Refugees – Vancouver Metro