As the civil war crisis rages on in Syria there’s a vast humanitarian crisis at hand. Many countries are stepping up to plate and others are doing the most they can to stop refugees from flooding their countries. Arguably the most important country of note is Canada. They’ve not only pledged their support before anyone else, they are already accepting refugees and giving them additional help to be settled into their new home countries.
Canada initially said that they would accept an amount of 25,000 Syrian refugees in 2016 by February. They have just recently announced that they will double that number and accept 50,000 Syrian refugees instead. John McCallum, the minister of immigration and citizenship was the one to announce this.
After accepting around 163 refugees, the newest Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau said they were an example to the world and as he put it “showing the world how to open our hearts”.
Currently this is in stark contrast to how many in the U.S. feel about accepting Syrian refugees. McCallum states that all provinces of Canada are in agreement and find it favorable to let the refugees in.
He stated, ”This is a great moment for Canada,” “This shows the way we really are. It truly is a non-partisan, national project.” According to the BBC, an estimated 1,400 refugees have come into Canada by November 4th of 2015.
According to BBC, 1,409 refugees have arrived in Canada since November 4. Prime Minster Justin Trudeau has been personally greeting Syrian refugees and the things he has said are more than positive. He says that not only are they going to be given a place to stay but also they will become permanent residents of Canada with health benefits, social insurance numbers and the security of being a Canadian citizen. He says they do not discriminate a Canadian on their skin color, language or religious background, but by a shared hope of what it is to be Canadian.
Additional Non-Governmental Help
Aside from the government helping out and giving them citizenship and a place to call home, companies have also stepped up to the plate to give them aid. IKEA has promised to donate a large amount of furniture for new residents so they can get their places in order. Currently they said they’d donate around $180,000 worth of furniture.
This is a great start as they can set up the foundation for these newcomers. Another Canadian company helping out is the Canadian National Railway, which has said it will donate around $5 million to provide Syrians with access to affordable housing. Another Canadian company of the International Board of Books for Young People will offer books and help get the Syrians situated with the library system. In Montreal they’ve offered up to $50,000 fund for summer camps for the kids.
In Canada it’s a concentrated effort to help out Syrian refugees who need the help to get on their feet and start up their lives in a new country that is willing to accept them and help them.