More Syrian refugees settled in Peel than expected

Mississauga News - Almost four times as many Syrian refugees than initially anticipated have chosen to settle in Peel Region.

By the end of last February, the federal government had met its target to take in 25,000 Syrian men, women and children fleeing civil war in their homeland.

Approximately 11,500 refugees are now calling Ontario home and about 732 are living in Mississauga and Brampton.

The figures were part of a recent report submitted to Peel Region Council. The update on local efforts to support the newcomers to Canada indicated initial data from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) indicated 192 were designated to settle in Peel.

However, Toronto-based COSTI Immigrant Services, the agency designated by the federal government to coordinate resettlement in this region, has confirmed that about 40 per cent of the people temporarily housed in Toronto ultimately chose to settle in Peel.

Most of them, about 708 refugees, are putting down roots in Mississauga, while 24 refugees are trying to begin new lives in Brampton.