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Preparations continue as Nova Scotia waits for exact refugees numbers

HALIFAX — Immigration officials in Nova Scotia say preparations continue for the arrival of the first of the 25,000 Syrian refugees that Ottawa has agreed to resettle by the end of February.

But they say Nova Scotia doesn't have an exact indication of how many of the 10,000 refugees that are to arrive in Canada by the end of December will be coming to the province.

Gerry Mills of the Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia says the early estimate is about 20 to 30 families who have been privately sponsored by churches and other community groups across the province.

Mills says there are some 60 sponsorship groups involved across the province with about half that number located in the Halifax area.

Prince Edward Island says 250 refugees are expected to arrive in that province.

Nova Scotia Immigration Minister Lena Metlege Diab says the province continues to field calls from the public through its 211 line and has received 917 calls so far from individuals and groups offering various forms of help, from food and clothing to lodging and financial assistance.

The Canadian Press

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