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Supporting New Immigrants & Refugees to Surrey

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Newcomers to Surrey

Surrey is one of the most diverse communities in the country. In 2016, 43% of Surrey's total population was born outside of Canada.

Surrey continues to be an arrival city for new immigrants and refugees settling in Canada. Over 36,000 immigrants settled in Surrey between 2011 - 2016.

Surrey has become a primary destination for refugees arriving in British Columbia. In 2019, 43% of all Government Assisted Refugees (GARS) who came to BC found a home in Surrey.

Surrey Local Immigration Partnership

The Surrey Local Immigration Partnership (LIP) is a consortium of government, public and private institutions, business, non-profit and community agencies working together to strengthen Surrey’s integration of newcomers and build a more inclusive and welcoming city.

The City of Surrey is a founding member of the Surrey Local Immigration Partnership and an active member of the partnership. The LIP has released two strategies that have been adopted by Council: the Surrey Immigrant Integration Strategy (adopted May 2016), and the Surrey Refugee Integration Strategy (adopted July 2017). The Surrey LIP continues to take actions to implement the recommendations outlined in these strategies.

For news and detailed information about both of these strategies, please visit the Surrey LIP website.

Visit the Surrey LIP Website