A Syrian refugee family’s journey to Canada will be highlighted Thursday at Western University.
The fourth edition of the Journeys of Migration event will feature a Syrian refugee family who were sponsored by the Western Social Science Refugee Sponsorship Fund and came to London in April.
The family, comprised of a single mother and six children, are said to doing well in London. Four of the kids are in school.
Vicky Esses, Director of the Centre for Research on Migration and Ethnic Relations, told AM980 the family adjusted quickly.
“This is a family with six children who are now able to thrive in Canada. The mother has really focused on the benefits for her children as well as her future life here.”
The Journeys of Migration event tells the stories of refugees who have made London their home.
Esses said the refugees have become extended family to their sponsors.
“I think it’s been really rewarding for the community to help this family settle. For the group of five who were the sponsors, this has become an extended family. We love this family.”
Alfredo Caxaj the founder of Sunfest will be the keynote speaker at today’s event. Caxaj came to London as a refugee from Guatemala, which was torn by civil strife.
The event is presented by the Western Centre for Research on Migration and Ethnic Relations, the London and Middlesex Local Immigration Partnership, the London Cross Cultural Learner Centre, the South London Neighbourhood Resource Centre, and Pillar Nonprofit Network.
Journeys of Migration is a free event to attend, but is already sold out based on an online invitation from Eventbrite which encouraged people to attend.
It will be held at USC Council Chambers from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
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