Immigration, which has always been a part of Canada’s history, brings vibrancy, diversity and economic growth with it. It is estimated that people from over 55 countries currently reside in the City of Lethbridge. Lethbridge has become home to over 1500 Bhutanese refugees and even more recently since as of July 2017, approximately 330 refugees from Syria have made Lethbridge home.
Often the first few years of a new immigrant’s life here can be a time of excitement. But, it can also be a time full of frustration and isolation, as newcomers navigate through many barriers such as a new language, unrecognized work experience and credentials, housing, new customs and new social rules and expectations. Many newcomers are also dealing with the scars of war and violence as well as grief and worry having left loved ones behind.