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Meet 13 Syrian Refugee Children Waiting To Become Canadians

12/04/2015 06:15 EST | Updated 12/05/2015 02:59 EST

The Syrian refugee crisis — one the United Nations dubbed the world’s single largest refugee crisis in nearly 25 years — will hit its fifth anniversary in March.

In that time, Syrians have witnessed civil conflict that destroys towns and cities, and torn families apart. Nearly half of the country’s population has been pushed out of their homes.

According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, an estimated 7.6 million people will be internally displaced and 4.3 million will have fled Syria's borders by the end of the year

Last month, the federal government announced its plans to admit 25,000 Syrian refugees into Canada by the end of February 2016. Applicants will be checked through different immigration channels via government and private sponsorship, and the blended visa-office referred program.

Canadian Press photographer Paul Chiasson travelled to Irbid, Jordan to document what the immigration process looks like on the other side of the world, from the Syrian vantage point.

During his assignment, he took black and white portraits of children, who with their families, are awaiting final approval to resettle in Canada. Meet 13 of the two million Syrian refugee children estimated to be living in neighbouring countries:

Goly, nine months old

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From Tal Shehab, Syria (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press)

Mustafa, age 8

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From Bossalharir, Syria (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press)

Fatma, age 8

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From Kherbet Ghazala, Syria (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press)

Nada, age 6

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From Tal Shebab, Syria (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press)

Abdullah, age 8

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From Bossalharir, Syria (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press)

Obaida, age 5

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From Kherbet Ghazala, Syria (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press)

Braa, age 3

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From Tal Shehab, Syria (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press)

Mohammad, age unknown

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From Kherbet Ghazala, Syria (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press)

Obada, age 7

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From Kherbet Ghazala, Syria (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press)

Adnanm, age 9

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From Kherbet Ghazala, Syria (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press)

Tammim, age 6

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From Kherbet Ghazala, Syria (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press)

Abedr, age 2

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From Kherbet Ghazala, Syria (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press)

Salah, age 13

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From Bossalharir, Syria (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press)

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