Newcomers to Canada

Though inspired in part by the recent influx of Syrian refugees, Welcoming Words is an apolitical organisation that works with all newcomers, regardless of age, race, religion, sexual orientation and national origin. 25,000 Syrian refugees have already arrived in Canada in this recent crisis, with “many more newcomers expected by the end of 2016” .

Yet, for the last ten years, an average of 24,000 refugees and 255,680 total immigrants from around the world arrived in Canada each year. We believe that everyone should enjoy Canadian literature, and make a concerted effort to reach newcomers who, for many reasons, including financial and personal duress, are unable to access authors and books.

Maryam, 8, holds her handdrawn sign, alongside her family to welcome the first Syrian refugees at Toronto's Pearson International Airport on December 10, 2015. Credit: Shutterstock
Maryam, 8, holds her handdrawn sign, alongside her family to welcome the first Syrian refugees at Toronto's Pearson International Airport on December 10, 2015. Credit: Shutterstock