syrian: Syrian refugee Yaseen Alshehadt, 44, is a manager at an Oakville shawarma shop, according to Toronto Star. We are so proud of Canada, he says. He's living the classic immigrant's dream. Rene Johnston / Toronto Star Although settling in a new country can be difficult, Syrian newcomers who were sponsored by the federal government and community groups are slowly setting down roots in their adopted country, according to a new survey by COSTI, the agency tasked by Ottawa to settle government-sponsored Syrians in the GTA. The survey found many are thriving, with a third having found jobs and some 87 per cent reporting they feel happy. My kids are in school. I can speak English now and have a job. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.