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Arrival of second influx of Syrians will be smoother: immigration groups

Last Updated Aug 29, 2016 at 12:16 pm PST

Syrian refugee children run back to their group after presenting flowers to other campers while attending H.appi camp in Toronto on Tuesday July 12 , 2016. The day camp The camp is geared to Syrian refugee youth acclimate to Canadian life and get ready for school. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
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Immigration Canada has brought in 19,000 government-assisted refugees so far this year

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Most immigrant support groups say this fall’s expected surge in Syrian refugee families will be far more manageable than the impromptu turmoil that characterized the first wave of arrivals, which began nearly 10 months ago.

Chris Friesen with the Immigrant Services Society of BC says welcoming tens of thousands of people so quickly and with such little notice taught useful lessons and fostered valuable partnerships that will help smooth the process later this year.

Friesen says those lessons include expanded children’s programming, a more efficient housing support system and better measures to accommodate large families.

Mario Calla of COSTI Immigrant Services in the Toronto area says having months of preparation time, as opposed to just weeks, will also make a big difference.

Immigration Canada has brought in 19,000 government-assisted refugees so far this year.

That means 6,000 more are slated to arrive by the end of December in order for the federal government to meet its target of welcoming 25,000 government-assisted Syrian refugees in 2016.