Protecting the health and safety of Syrian refugees – and all Albertans – is our highest priority.
Refugees who make their way to Canada have been sanctioned by the United Nations and will go through rigorous security and medical checks by the Government of Canada.
Before leaving for Canada, refugees undergo a full immigration medical examination. Upon arrival, they’re further screened for signs of infectious disease. Federal health officials will then continue to monitor and support the health of refugees throughout their resettlement journey.
In general, Syrian refugees have health concerns related to having experienced war in their country and difficult living conditions in refugee camps. But the risk of infectious diseases among this refugee population is considered low.