Two families to be first Syrian refugees in Calgary: mayor

Calgary's mayor says the first of between 1,000 and 1,300 Syrian refugees are about to arrive in the city.

Calgary’s mayor says the first of between 1,000 and 1,300 Syrian refugees are about to arrive in the city.

Mayor Naheed Nenshi told councillors that two of about 400 families were expected on Monday.

He said city officials and non-profit groups were given the details in a conference call with federal Immigration Minister John McCallum.

Nenshi doesn’t expect any problems dealing with the refugees.

He said he’s confident that the city and non-profit groups know what they are doing as Calgary usually receives far more than 1,000 newcomers each month.

The federal government has promised to bring in 25,000 Syrian refugees by the end of the year.