Is Canada ready to settle 25,000 refugees by January?
Amid renewed security concerns, groups across the country are still scrambling to find housing and resources.
Some are asking: Are Canadians ready to accommodate 25,000 refugees by January?
With guest host Piya Chattopadhyay.
More from this episode:
- GUEST: Yukon Cares director Raquel de Queiroz on refugee settlement in Whitehorse
- CALLER: Linda Paton says sponsorship "is a huge responsibility"
The push to welcome 25,000 Syrian refugees by year's end has been turning from a rather abstract number into a reality these past weeks.
Across the country, Canadians are galvanized to find ways to contribute: grouping together to bring Syrians here, to donate money, or to offer accommodation--others are collecting clothing and furniture and holding fundraisers.
Federal Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship John McCallum has called Canada's response to the worst refugee crisis since the second world war "a national project." He says it is one that requires not just all levels of government working together, but also the volunteer support from regular Canadians in their communities.
Some have raised the issue of security--especially in the light of the recent terror attacks in Paris and Beirut--and say there needs to be more efficient ways of screening refugees. They say that the current process is too slow and cumbersome and there simply are not enough officials to do the work.
What are the primary needs that have to be met when an individual or a family arrives after what is often a long and difficult journey to Canada? And what are the most efficient - and the best - ways of addressing those needs?
Our question: "Are we ready to accommodate 25,000 refugees by the end of the year?"
Executive Director of the Immigrant Services Society of B.C.
Twitter: @chrisfriesen4 @issbc
Raquel de Queiroz
Director of Yukon Cares
Senior Deputy Director of the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies (MIGS) at Concordia University, and former UNHCR official
Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship
Former Director-General of Refugee Affairs in the Department of Citizenship and Immigration
Former coordinator of Indo-Chinese refugee movement
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- Canadians keen to fight ISIS but lose zeal to admit refugees, surveys suggest
- Syrian refugee security screening 'paramount,' says Health Minister Jane Philpott
- What you need to know to help Syrian refugees settle in Toronto
- 'Fear can paralyze': Lifeline Syria chair urges Canada to continue refugee resettlement despite Paris attacks
- Syrian refugee deadline tough to meet, Quebec immigration minister says
- Montreal and Quebec city mayors differ on Syrian refugee file
- Syrian refugee screening will be a challenge, but one Canada can meet
- Syrian refugee family hopes Toronto church sponsorship leads to expedited visas
- How Canada resettles refugees after a lengthy process
- U.S. guide lays out cultural challenges faced by Syrian refugees
- In Paris, the 'us' vs. 'them' that divides a stricken city won't heal it: Keith Boag
Globe and Mail
- Canada's Syrian refugees target may require screening shortcuts, security sources allege
- France's ambassador to Canada decries backlash against Syrian refugees
- From one refugee to another: What you need to know about Canada, Remzi Cej
- However Canada takes in 25,000 people, military must be at the centre of the effort, by George Petrolekas
- A life on the move
The National Post
- Calgary Mayor Nenshi 'shaken' by racism in debate over refugee crisis, by Gary Mason
- Clock ticking on Canada's refugee plan while concerns expressed over tight timeline
- Trudeau condemns racism as poll shows refugee plan opposition rising
- Majority of Canadians oppose Trudeau's plan to bring 25,000 Syrian refugees over in just six weeks: poll
- Bring more than 25,000 Syrian refugees to Canada but do it over a longer period, by Terence Corcoran
- Trudeau vows to 'keep Canadians safe' as he rebuffs concerns over plan to accept 25,000 Syrian refugees
- Paris opens Canadian fault lines over refugee pledge, by Don Braid
- Syrian refugees will face three levels of intense screening
- Daunting logistical hurdles ahead for Syrian refugee planners
- Weighing the costs and values of Canada's Syrian refugee pledge