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A Long Way from Home for BC Refugees


Esther Mang, left, and her son, David. An older son still lives in Myanmar, which Mang was forced to flee on foot. Photo by Jackie Wong.

In this special Tyee Solutions Society series, housing reporter Jackie Wong examines some of the unique challenges facing an often-overlooked community: refugees who have fled violence in other countries, and now struggle to secure a better life in Canada.

This series was produced by Tyee Solutions Society in collaboration with Tides Canada Initiatives Society. It was made possible through the support of the Real Estate Foundation, Vancity, and BC Non-Profit Housing Association. Support for this project does not necessarily imply Vancity's endorsement of the findings or contents of this report. TSS funders and Tides Canada Initiatives neither influence nor endorse the particular content of TSS' reporting.

In This Series



Safer from Violence, Still Seeking a Home

Secure shelter is hard to find for BC refugees. First in a new series.

By Jackie Wong, 22 Jul 2013


Canadian refugee

Bonded by Shared Horrors, Refugees Find Housing Solutions

An exceptional Achehnese community in BC works towards prosperity. Second in a series.

By Jackie Wong, 23 Jul 2013



Fleeing Danger, Refugee Shelter-Seekers Find Exploitation

One Victoria non-profit's efforts to assist vulnerable renters offers hope. Third in a series.

By Jackie Wong, 24 Jul 2013


Welcome House transitional shelter

A Home for Refugees 'Caught In-Between'

One-of-a-kind Welcome House centre could offer stable shelter for marginalized newcomers. Last in a series.

By Jackie Wong, 25 Jul 2013