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‘Welcome to Canada’ Shows Lives of Refugees in Transit

Mohammed Alsaleh found a new home in Vancouver. He’s helping Syrians to do the same.

Submitted by Tyee Staff, 12 Dec 2016

 

Mohammed Alsaleh won’t forget the day in 2014 when he received a phone call from the Canadian embassy. They asked if he was interested in moving there.

“I was like, ‘Yes I am!’” said Alsaleh.

After fleeing torture and imprisonment by the Assad regime, he said he was granted asylum and resettled in Vancouver by the Immigrant Services Society of B.C.

Now, Alsaleh is helping others from Syria in Vancouver. The short-doc “Welcome to Canada” by Go Project Films follows the newcomers as they wrestle with learning a new language, search for permanent shelter, and cope with leaving their homeland.

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