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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