A group of Syrian refugees based in London, Ontario are enraged by how the London Cross Cultural Learner Centre handled their resettlement.
Peter Fragiskatos, Liberal MP for London North Centre has asked the federal government to investigate after more than 20 refugees signed a petition saying they had been mistreated by the city’s main settlement agency.
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According to London Free Press, the petition says that, “The hotel many were placed in was understaffed and inadequate; medical services were not provided in a timely manner, leaving many kids very ill; the food was 'borderline unsuitable for human consumption'; and people have been forced into apartments, often too small for their families, without any choice of location.
Londoner Mariam Hamou, who has been volunteered to welcome the refugees said that, “They are not upset at the Canadian government. They don’t want to complain because they are grateful, but they are really upset with the way the CCLC has dealt with them.”
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However, Valy Marochko, director of the Cross Cultural Learner Centre, shed some light into how demanding the refugees actually were.
“We tried to please. We listened to any issues. We always do,” he said. “I don’t know why this is coming up now.”
Marochko explained that the refugees didn't like meals provided by a London Middle Eastern restaurant because it was “Canadian Middle Eastern”.
As for the hotels the refugees took issue with, they were “franchises with standards”.
“We were helping 1,000 people. If we have two per cent that are not happy, I’m really sorry for that, of course,” Marochko said.
London refugees have been in the news a lot lately.
Earlier this week we reported how a family was considering going back to Syria after they received noise complaints for being loud.
They're not even Liberals yet and already the refugees are complaining about their entitlements.