Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Preparations Continue as Nova Scotia Waits for Exact Refugees Numbers

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Preparations Continue as Nova Scotia Waits for Exact Refugees Numbers

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Nova Scotia waiting for exact refugee numbers

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HALIFAX - Preparations continue in Nova Scotia for the arrival of an initial group of Syrian refugees as immigration officials await word on how many will be coming to the province.

Officials said Wednesday that the federal government still hasn't provided exact numbers.

Ottawa is now committed to bringing 25,000 Syrian refugees to Canada by the end of February, with the first 10,000 to be resettled by the end of December.

Gerry Mills of the Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia said early estimates suggest about 20 to 30 families who have been privately sponsored by churches and other community groups across the province will arrive next month.

Mills said there are some 60 sponsorship groups involved in Nova Scotia, with about half located in the Halifax area. …

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