High Number of Burundian Refugees Settled in Ottawa

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More than 400 Burundian Refugees have settled in Canada in between 2013 to 2017. They have made Ottawa their home, the capital of Canada. You would wonder why Ottawa and not anywhere else in the country? The reason for this they already have relatives living there. Out of the 400 claims made, 180 came in 2017 itself.

Diane Tuyishime, who came to Ottawa in spring 2017, said that most people are coming to Canada for their safety. They leave everything behind and come to Canada because the conditions are not at all good. A war broke out in Burundi when the country’s president, Pierre Nkurunziza, said that he will run for a third term. As per the reports released by International Criminal Court, during the period of violence that started in 2015, around 1,200 people were killed, almost a thousand detained illegally, and many tortured, while hundreds of them disappeared. Approximately 400,000 are currently living as refugees in camps in neighboring countries.

Tuyishime lived with her sister-in-law for a while who had come to Canada a few years ago. She also helped Tuyishime find the residence. Tuyishime is currently working as a communications specialist at Refugee 613. She got the job easily because she knows English and French, which is the official language of her home country.

Don’t get noticed because of Syrians

Louisa Taylor, the director, Refugee 613, said that Burundians have always come to Canada but didn’t ever get noticed because of the Syrians. Like other refugees, they also need services like housing, employment, and food but a lot them are rejected. This is a huge disappoint for Burundian Refugees. Louise Ebeltoft, the service coordinator, Carty House, said that Burundian refugees occupy seven out of 10 beds. Carty House is a shelter for single women. Most of the Burundians are doing well and have jobs. For example, Justine Nkurunziza she teaches French and English to government workers.

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