Montreal Factory Gives Syrian Refugees Jobs, Tips To Integrate

By Giuseppe Valiante in The Canadian Press

When Syrian refugee Garouj Nazarian is asked how he likes working for his boss, the answer comes in choppy English — but the sentiment shines through.

“So much good,” he says with a big smile, offering a thumbs-up to emphasize his joy.

Nazarian, who’s been in Canada for about a year, has been working for six months at a Montreal plywood factory owned by Levon Afeyan, who fled Lebanon’s civil war with his parents and two brothers in 1975.

“I like working here very well,” Nazarian says in English before finishing his answer — “to take care of my family” — in Armenian.

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