The plight of Syrian refugees has caught the attention of Vancouver city politicians.
Mayor Gregor Robertson has invited the public to attend a forum at 7 p.m. on Tuesday (September 8) on the main floor of Vancouver City Hall.
Chris Friesen, chair of the Canadian Immigrant Settlement Sector Alliance, and MOSAIC executive director Eyob Naizghi will be on hand to provide information.
They'll be joined by senior officials with the Immigrant Settlement Services Society of B.C.
The public forum comes two days after hundreds of people gathered on the south side of the Vancouver Art Gallery to protest the Conservative government's restrictions on allowing more refugees to come to Canada.
Speakers at the rally urged the city to move forward on making Vancouver a "sanctuary city".
Last year, Robertson endorsed the concept.
The term sanctuary city implies that public officials who come in contact with undocumented people on a variety of issues will not refer this information to the Canadian Border Services Agency so that they could be deported.
This could involve health care, education, transit fare evasion, housing, domestic abuse, or other areas.
"The work on Sanctuary City, which has taken place over the last year in the city, will be a solid platform for launching an initiative to help with the Syrian refugee crisis," Robertson said in a news release.
Robertson also plans to introduce a motion at cityc ouncil to call on the federal government to help a much larger number of refugeees.
The motion will urge the government to set a "baseline national target of at least 20,000 government assisted refugees annually by 2020".