Members of groups who are sponsoring two Syrian refugee families hold up signs welcoming their charges as they wait for the families to arrive at Toronto's Pearson Airport, on Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015. (Chris Young/CP)
Fwad Malik, member of a group sponsoring Syrian Families to settle in Canada, holds up a sign welcoming his charges as he waits for them to arrive at Toronto's Pearson Airport, on Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015. (Chris Young/CP)3) Finding a place to live. Again, private sponsors are responsible for finding suitable accommodation for the refugees they bring in. Many rent apartments or houses and cover that cost at least for the first year. But in the case of government-assisted refugees, the hunt is now on for thousands of shelter spaces. Some landlords and real estate companies have offered space at reduced rates. In the very short term, some refugees may find themselves living in military barracks until more permanent homes are available. 4) Finding a job. As with most new immigrants, employment is likely to be top of mind for many Syrians. And like other newcomers, they'll be up against barriers including getting credentials recognized by regulatory bodies in Canada. The Canadian Labour Congress and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce are working on a campaign to encourage employers to hire a Syrian refugee. There are concerns that this may be difficult in places with already high unemployment. 5) Finding a doctor. Health clinics are bracing for the arrival of many new patients, some with complex health requirements that are part of the reason they've been selected for resettlement to Canada. As permanent residents, the Syrians will be entitled to a range of health-care coverage from medication to mental-health services. Mental health in particular is a matter of concern — many people have escaped traumatic situations that they are still grappling with.
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