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Cruz del Sur may collaborate with the Argentinian government to help host refugees

27/07/2018: Argentina

The Cruz del Sur province is working on a possible collaboration with the government of Argentina in a programme that welcomes Syrian immigrants and refugees in the country.

This possible collaboration was addressed during a meeting at the Embassy of Canada in Buenos Aires on July 11, convened by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, which was intended to promote the Programa Siria (Programme Syria) in Argentina.

In addition to representatives of the Marist province, the meeting was attended by the Embassy of Canada, the International Organisation for Migration, Dirección Nacional de Migraciones de la Argentina, Federación Argentina Lesbianas, Gays, Bisexuales y Trans, and two Canadian organisations that work with refugees and immigrants.

The programme, strongly promoted by the High Commissioner, involves individuals who register to be able to receive refugees, committing to provide them with shelter and food for a year.

In Argentina they do it via the Dirección Nacional de Migraciones and in Canada, via other organisations.

It is hoped that the refugees become self-sufficient within the year and so after that period these organisations evaluate the situation.

The state investigates for up to six months the family’s capability to adequately welcome those interested and supports the family by offering its members courses in Arabic and on Syrian culture.

The government is responsible for the accompaniment of the host family and the immigrant or refugee, offering them support in sorting out their health, education and work.

At the end of the meeting, a draft of a possible agreement between the government of Argentina and the Marist province of Cruz del Sur was given to the team of the Dirección Nacional de Migraciones so that the Marists assume a similar role to the state: to be a link between Marist families that sign up to receive refugees.

For more information on the situation in Syria, visit the United Nations’ website on the “Syria Regional Refugee Response”, in English: http://data.unhcr.org/syrianrefugees/regional.php

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