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Alberta supports Syrian refugee relief effort

Responding to the growing humanitarian crisis, Alberta is joining forces with the Red Cross in aid of Syrian refugees.
The Alberta government will provide $75,000 in immediate funding in support of the Canadian Red Cross response to Europe’s migration and refugee crisis.
The province will also match donations by Albertans to a maximum of $75,000.
“Our contributions on behalf of all Albertans will help meet the most critical needs of those forced to escape their own homeland and encourage Albertans to donate by matching their donations,” Premier Rachel Notley said. “As well, resources will be available to settlement agencies in Alberta to ensure that support services are available for refugees arriving in our province.”
Alberta will help the Red Cross provide refugees and migrants with essential relief items such as food, clothing, water, hygiene and medical assistance.
“The ongoing conflict in Syria and increasing instability in its neighbouring countries has taken a tremendous toll on families who have been forced to flee their homes,” said Jenn McManus, provincial director for Alberta, Canadian Red Cross. “The contributions of individual Albertans matched by the province of Alberta to the Red Cross refugee crisis appeal will help to meet the urgent needs of men, women and children affected by this crisis.”
Alberta has pledged an additional $100,000 to Alberta-based settlement agencies to help support refugees who settle in Alberta.
“We look forward to working with our partners to welcome and settle these Syrian families in our communities,” said Alice Colak, vice-president of immigration and settlement service, Catholic Social Services.
As Canada’s response becomes clear, the government of Alberta will work with its federal, provincial and community partners to address this international humanitarian crisis.
Over the longer term, the goal is to ensure supports are in place to help these families successfully settle into life in Alberta.
Albertans can contribute on-line to Red Cross Refugee Crisis Appeal.
For more information on the Syrian refugee relief effort, contact the Red Cross at 1-800-418-1111.

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