Supporting Refugees in Surrey
Globally, one in every 120 humans is now either a refugee, displaced person or seeking asylum, showing the highest ever recorded worldwide displacement (UNHCR, 2016). Since 2011, the civil war in Syria has become one of the main drivers of this phenomenon.
In the last five years, Surrey has become a home to the largest number of refugees in British Columbia.
In this period of time, over 25% of all Government Assisted Refugees (GARs) in B.C. have settled in Surrey and since November 2015, over 44% of all Syrian GARs who came to B.C. have found a home in Surrey.
Join Surrey in Helping Refugees
- Sign the petition to advocate the end of the federal government's transportation loan program for refugees
- Connect refugees to the City of Surrey's Leisure Access Program, if you are a service provider.
- Help find housing in Surrey. ISSofBC is the agency responsible for Refugee Resettlement Assistance Program (RAP) in British Columbia. Call 1-844-447-9742 (toll-free) or email at email@example.com if you have a question or would like to help.
- Become a host or friend to a refugee family or lead an English conversation circle. Check out Surrey immigrant serving agencies to find out how you can take part.
- Contribute to the Muslim Food Bank. Located in Surrey, they serve over 600 refugees monthly who need food and other supports. List of halal food items is available from the Muslim Food Bank.
- Support with cash donations. Your donations to your local immigrant service agency help support refugee resettlement in Surrey. Support refugee re-settlement in other parts of the world by donating to Red Cross.
- Donate furniture. The Mennonite Central Committee BC Immigrant Services Centre helps refugee families in Surrey with furniture. Contact a Settlement Worker at MCC if you have furniture in good condition to donate.
- Join a fundraiser with Sponsorship Agreement Holders (SAH) in Surrey. SAH’s hold an agreement with the Government of Canada to sponsor refugees and help support their immigration to Canada. Many refugee families are waiting to be re-united with their family members and SAHs fundraiseg to sponsor the families and make it happen.
The City is not aware of any agency in Surrey which accepts clothing donations.
Surrey Welcomes Refugees - July 2016
Immigrant Advisory Roundtable Newcomer Information Session - April 9, 2016
Surrey Newcomer Youth Consultation - January 23, 2016
Surrey Community Forum on Syrian Refugees - January, 2016
Surrey Immigrant Integration Strategy 2016 - 19 and Update on the Surrey LIP - May 30, 2016
Update on the Arrival of Syrian Refugees - April 18, 2016
Update on the Surrey LIP - February 2, 2015
Update on the Surrey Welcoming Communities Program and LIP - May 12, 2014
July 21, 2016 - Surrey, BC – The City of Surrey hosted a Welcome Day for new refugees at City Hall yesterday.
January 21, 2016 - More than 200 people attended the City of Surrey’s Community Forum on Refugees last night to hear the latest information on Syrian refugee settlement and find out how they can best help in the efforts to settle the newcomers in Surrey.