Calgary Catholic Immigration Society’s CEO Champions Refugees’ Integration

Calgary Catholic Immigration Society's CEO Champions Refugees' Integration
A young Syrian refugee carries his brother across the border between Greece and former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. Photo: UNHCR/ Andrew McConnell

The Calgary Catholic Immigration Society (CCIS) provides resettlement and integration to refugees in Alberta, Canada.

In 2013, CCIS started sponsoring refugees from Syria and they have so far provided 75% of all sponsorship in the Alberta region. The CEO of the organization, Fariborz Birjandian, arrived in Canada as an Iranian Baha’i refugee in 1988.

“Nobody plans to become a refugee, but once you become a refugee it’s a whole different world. You have to learn to function with the limited resources you may have. The dangers around refugees, the safety of your children and your wife, your family-so the mental journey people go through, the process of becoming a refugee obviously is quite important to understand,” Birjandian commented.

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