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Refugee Housing Study

Refugee housing apartment unit.

Refugee Housing Study

The City of Surrey partnered with Immigrant Services Society of BC to conduct a study on the housing experiences of refugees living in Surrey.

Rising housing prices in Metro Vancouver have made Surrey an attractive destination. However, the study indicates that the majority of these refugees in Surrey live in housing that is both unaffordable and overcrowded.

See the full account in the final report "At Home in Surrey? The Housing Experiences of Refugees in Surrey, BC" .

Refugees in Surrey

Surrey has emerged as the primary destination for Government-Assisted Refugees (GARs) in Metro Vancouver. Approximately 217 GARs settled in Surrey in 2012.

GARs are identified by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees as being among the world's most desperate people in need of protection and resettlement when there is no other solution or no effective protection available to them. GARs arrive in Canada with the right to permanent residence. (Citizenship and Immigration Canada.)

Learn about the GAR government refugee transportation loan and advocacy by the City of Surrey.