‘They can always come to us,’: CCIS to refugees
CCIS said they have legal, housing, medical and many other resources available and offered in over 60 languages, including Arabic
By: Lucie Edwardson Metro Published on Mon Jan 18 2016
As hundreds of refugees attempt to settle in Calgary, a local agency and lawyer offer tips about resources, knowing your rights and accessing legal aide.
According to Birjandian, the biggest challenge CCIS is facing in resettling refugees is finding housing for large families.
“We’d appreciate if people could come forward and show us houses that have four or five bedrooms,” he said.
Rob Omura, a local lawyer, said refugees who are looking for housing need to protect their interest and ask around - with help if necessary - to make sure they are getting a good deal.
“I would recommend they go to Calgary Legal Guidance,” he said. “They would get a free one-hour consultation and that certainly is helpful in giving them some sort of basic idea as to what their rights are.”
Birjandian said if refugees are running into any issues with language barriers, housing, health care and more they should contact CCIS.
“They can always come to us, that’s what we do,” he said.
Birjandian said CCIS can help refugees who might feel overwhelmed, and they offer their services in 67 different languages, including Arabic.
“These people even two weeks ago had no clue they were going to come to Canada, and then everything happened,” he said. “Obviously when they arrive here with a large family and no English, there is tremendous challenges for them, all we can do is help them.”
Birjandian said just months after they arrive in Calgary, many refugees will be settling in very nicely.