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The non-Syrian refugees in Calgary you’re not hearing about

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At least 550 non-Syrian refugees came to Calgary in 2015

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By: Aaron Chatha Metro, Published on Sat Jan 02 2016

While news stories of Syrian refugees touching down in Calgary flooded the media at the end of 2015, they weren’t the only refugees escaping a horrific situation in their home countries.

At least 550 non-Syrian refugees also came to Calgary in 2015, mainly from the countries of Iraq, Burma and Nigeria, according Fariborz Birjandian, vice chair of the Calgary Catholic Immigration Society.

“Media creates focus, gets people talking about something, but the Iraqis are in the same situation,” explained Birjandian. “There have been Iraq refugees sitting back in Turkey and Jordan for many, many years now. It’s the same situation; a lot of them are suffering as well.”

Of those 550 refugees, 250 were privately sponsored through CCIS, and 300 were government sponsored.

Birjandian said the attention paid to the refugees from Syria was great for CCIS – as they could help people apply what they learned about Syrians to other groups in need as well.

A refugee himself, Birjandian said Calgary has a history being very welcoming to refugees, regardless of what situation they are escaping from.

Iraq

According to UNHCR, the United Nations refugee agency, an estimated 2 million people were displaced in Iraq by December 2015, as a result of armed conflict and a constantly changing security situation, mainly in central Iraq and the Kurdistan region.

War has brought increased rates of illness and disease to the country, while displacing doctors. An upsurge of violence from extremist groups in 2014 forced many families to move multiple times, and many others have been declared stateless in the country.

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Burma/Myanmar


Nearly 1.5 million people residing in Myanmar, as nearly 900,000 originating from Myanmar, having been displaced, according to UNHCR figures.

Clashes between the Myanmar national army and non-state groups in Kachin and the northern Shan States in 2014 have left many in need of humanitarian assistance. A significant number of people within the country are living in camp-like conditions, and more than 800,000 are considered stateless.

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Nigeria

More than two million people have been displaced in Nigeria as a result of Boko Haram’s six-year insurgency, according to the International Organization for Migration. The organization estimated 1.3 million in June 2015, but that number increased rapidly as the militant group intensified their attacks.

Boko Haram had also increased attacks in neighbouring countries, including Cameroon and Chad.

The Nigerian army has been trying to reclaim territory and free captives. Many forced to flee their homes do not get government assistance.

 Source: http://www.metronews.ca/news/calgary/2016/01/03/the-non-syrian-refugees-in-calgary-youre-not-hearing-about.html

 

 

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