“They step off the plane as refugees, but they walk out of this terminal as permanent residents of Canada with social insurance numbers, with health cards and with an opportunity to become full Canadians,” Trudeau said.
It’s great that refugees from a region highlighted by the media are on a fast track on their immigration and resettlement in Canada. Will this same treatment be extended to those who are coming from other countries but still suffering the same plight? What does this expedited entry mean to the overall immigration process in Canada? Will there be two lanes – media influenced and everybody else? It is undeniable that there has been a gross preferential treatment here. Fortunately, Canada needs people. Its’ current population can’t keep up with the shrinking aging workforce.
It’s not just about the expedited processing (no matter how much they try to justify their processing saying it’s extensive and thorough, it is still extraordinary), there’s also readiness. The government says it’s ready. Philanthropy is great, if we can afford it. Inthe media it’s rosy, but on the ground it’s a different story. And it’s starting to look like a “play it by ear” approach. If only the same kind of response is true for our homeless, veterans, and sick. For one thing, Vancouver, BC, has already put out a very elaborate site to provide comprehensive information for the newcomers, and pleas to the public for donations and volunteers.
One thing the Syrian refugees can count on is that Canada’s assimilation and integration services for newcomers is it’s well thought out.
It’s The Politics
It’s not a question whether Canada should take them in, it’s more about readiness, practicality, and fairness – to the would-be new settlers who have been waiting for so long to immigrate to Canada, to get a better shot at life (fortunately, it doesn’t take as long in Canada compared to the United States). And whatever happened to the Arab League? If they can’t even take care of their own, what’s the point of it even existing? Is it so uselessly like the United Nations?
Whether or not this was a good decision – process-wise, only time will tell. In the mean time, welcome and good luck to the new arrivals! And I mean that.
Read: Full story from AP.