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Syrian refugee dreaming of moving to Calgary left in limbo

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WATCH ABOVE: More than 100 refugees have come to Calgary in the last two months and 100 more are expected before the year ends. But as Tracy Nagai reports, there’s many hurdles to overcome and some are being left in limbo – Dec 13, 2016

Twenty-two-year-old  Tarek Nemr is an asylum seeker living in Jordan who still has a smile on his face despite his uncertain future, including a dream to live in Calgary.

“I’m nervous about it,” Nemr said from his apartment in Amman. “I don’t know when I go, I don’t know if I should leave work, say goodbye to my family.”

Nemr is being privately sponsored by  the Calgary Centre for Global Community.

Centre staff put Nemr’s paperwork through in March but they still don’t know when he can start to pack his bags.

“For us it’s now beyond that eight-month process,” said Salima Stanley-Bhanji with the organization. “There has been some complications with paperwork and we really don’t know where things stand.”

READ MORE: Syrian refugees show gratitude as one year anniversary fast approaches

Over the past year, over 2,000 Syrian refugees moved to Calgary and there’s more new arrivals.

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“The last two months we have received 120 Syrian refugees,” said Fariborz Birjandian with the Calgary Catholic Immigration Society. “We expect another 115 in the next 20 days.”

The society has been working to have the refugees living in communities across the city and to find them jobs. However, there is another critical goal which cannot be quantified.

“These cohorts, they’re high-need and traumatized. Many, many of them children, so I think we need to create a different indicator of success,” Birjandian explained.

The Calgary Centre for Global Community isn’t giving up on getting Nemr to Calgary and neither is Nemr.

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