Too Good to be True (Syrian sponsored family update)

We have just been notified that our Syrian family will not, unfortunately, arrive in Victoria on Monday. In fact, we are once again in ‘waiting’ mode.
The political chaos following the attempted coup in Turkey has led to many kinds of paperwork ‘screw-ups’. The ICA was advised yesterday that there is a problem with the family’s Exit Permit. Canadian Government Officials in Turkey are trying to determine what is happening, but getting any kind of reliable information is proving extremely difficult. The International Organization for Migration, a UN-based organization, is working on all possible solutions.

What is clear, however, is that refugees are facing hurdles in receiving clearances to leave.
We were so disappointed to learn this late yesterday. However, we will continue to prepare at a much slower pace, and hope that a resolution can be found. We will keep the rental accommodation, given our extraordinary luck in finding something suitable.
Thank you for the many messages of good cheer we received following the announcement of their imminent arrival. We’ll just file them for now, and think positively toward the future.
Jean Dragushan
Sponsorship Committee Chair
Congregation Emanu-El
info@congregationemanu-el.ca

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