As the world continues to struggle to make sense of the recent acts of terrorism carried out in Paris and Beirut, increased pressure has been put on the newly-elected Liberal government and their ambitious plan to bring over 25,000 refugees by the end of the year.
While many Canadians continue to support the plan to settle those displaced by the ongoing conflict in Syria, there have been doubts raised over the relatively quick timeline. To their credit, the government appears to be listening, and is going forward with a robust screening process.
Please don’t let the uninformed and racist posts the are unfortunately likely clogging your Facebook page confuse you and cloud your judgement. It’s sad that so many people seem so deeply scared of widows and children, but that’s the world we live in. Make no mistake, Canada’s screening process is as robust as any other nation’s, with potential immigrants vetted through a three-step process before landing on our shores.
Almost all of the refugees set to come to Canada have already been identified and vetted by the United Nations for potential links to war crimes, militant groups and other criminal behaviour after living for several years in Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan.
From that group, roughly one per cent move onto the next step, which offers resettlement and asylum in Canada and other like-minded countries. Priority from this group is given to, women and children, vulnerable citizens and those with relatives already living abroad in the country they’re destined for.
The third step has Canadian officials conduct personal interviews in the Middle East, with applicant’s names run through numerous security databases before ultimately being offered the opportunity to move to Canada.
This process will take time to complete, and the government shouldn’t let irrational fears or arbitrary deadlines alter its course.
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