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Try to imagine how much you would have enjoyed election reform.

All of the "anyone but Harper" crew have fallen silent. All of the "celebrate diversity" fairies have joined the ranks of the new oppressors and consider those they once called racist to be soft and weak. I would love to PT their butts in the snow until they cried and rang the bell... 

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Federal government announces $18.4M for pre-arrival immigrant settlement services

The federal government is giving $18.4 million to Colleges and Institutes Canada to provide settlement services to immigrants before their arrival.

Funding comes from $113M pot after internal evaluation found newcomers not aware of program

Kathleen Harris · CBC News · Posted: Jan 22, 2019 10:18 AM ET | Last Updated: 7 minutes ago
 
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The federal government is giving $18.4 million to Colleges and Institutes Canada to provide settlement services to immigrants before their arrival.

It's part of $113 million in total announced earlier this month by Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen to improve supports for newcomers.

Colleges and Institutes Canada will provide online and in-person services in India and the Philippines, including specialized programs for youth, LGBT and other groups. Hussen is making the announcement in Ottawa today and CBCNews.ca is carrying it live.

A news release from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) said the funding announcement is part of a renewed pre-arrival services plan that aims to smooth the integration process for newcomers and set them up to contribute to the national economy.

An internal evaluation of the pre-arrival settlement program released in May found all client groups found services to be useful for gaining knowledge of life in Canada, the Canadian labour market and how to have professional credentials recognized, and how to understand workplace culture and norms.

Lack of awareness

However, the evaluation also found most immigrants don't know about the programs.

"While clients find pre-arrival services useful, the majority of newcomers are not aware of their existence and uptake remains low for non-refugee immigrants," the evaluation reads. 

"Ineffective promotion of these services, coupled with the absence of a comprehensive strategy to guide pre-arrival service expansion and a lack of clarity within IRCC regarding roles and responsibilities for the program delivery, has resulted in a missed opportunity for the department to positively impact more newcomers, and also in higher-than-expected per-client costs."

In May, IRCC started to solicit proposals, and 16 service providers were chosen to deliver virtual and in-person services to newcomers, including refugees, around the world before they come to Canada.  Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen announced Tuesday that Colleges and Institutes Canada will get $18.5 million to provide pre-arrival settlement services for immigrants. (Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press)

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build a bloody fence (I wont say wall) with armed guards.  or at the very least put up a booth and make it a regular point of entry.  Process as any other crossing would.

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 “On the Tamil side, on the Sikh side and other kinds of terrorism, we have seen individuals of a radicalized mindset end up in Canada so we do need [refugee screening] in place,” Carvin said.

“That being said, in what we call Sunni Islamist extremism, most of the radicalization has typically happened in Canada. Would more screening actually have helped in this case? It’s not at all clear.”

Canadian Islamist extremists are more likely to have been born in Canada or arrived at a very young age, so enhanced refugee-screening won’t solve the problem of domestic radicalization, she said “

 

https://globalnews.ca/news/4895086/terrorism-refugee-screening-kingston-investigation/

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No problem says Ralph:

 

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Thousands of refugee claimants are living in Canada without having been fully cleared by national security, according to a report that shows a massive backlog in screenings amid a border crisis that began in 2016.

The internal government report showed the number of asylum seekers awaiting clearance had exploded sevenfold between 2016 and 2018.

 

Currently, Canada has more than 73,000 asylum claims awaiting a hearing, the majority of which are from these border-crossers.

According to the border agency report, Nigerians made up the largest number of asylum seekers in the security backlog, followed by those from India, Pakistan, Iran and China.

And this alarming article is from the people’s paper....who d’a thunk???

https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2019/02/05/concerns-raised-over-national-security-amid-refugee-screening-backlog.html

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You have to be a Liberal to consider .2% (146 people) to be statistically insignificant. I would also suggest that .2% is a low ball (self serving) number but lets use their own figures. Lets not even think about the 200 (or so) returning ISIS fighters.

https://torontosun.com/opinion/columnists/lilley-leave-isis-fighters-overseas

This is an expensive undertaking and the sooner people are willing to pay the better off we will all be. How many agents does it take to keep track of 146 people? The answer might surprise you, the expense might surprise you too. So, lets raise taxes, pay our bills, resolve to sin no more and get this done.... don't make me ask the question you know comes next. There was no other outcome possible and there is no other solution possible, get er done. How is this confusing? If I'm willing to pay for it, why aren't the people who created the issue in the first place? IMO, short of an apology and change of status, sanctuary cities are on their own....

This is crazy, why aren't the Liberal voters who wanted this process insisting on doing it right? Where is the left when the bill arrives? Complete loss of credibility IMO, I will never believe the inflated rhetoric and name calling again, just a pathetic display of commitment to their values.

https://torontosun.com/news/national/lilley-internal-report-shows-illegal-border-crossers-not-fully-screened-for-security

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Trudeau is sucking up to the UN again....no else stepped up, so these people will fit right in over here. Go ahead just let everybody in...we’re so rich we have money we haven’t even borrowed yet.

Canada has begun resettling hundreds of people rescued from slavery in Libya, Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen says.

Canada was “one of the few countries” to respond to a request from the United Nations refugee agency in 2017, Hussen said in an email Wednesday. More than 150 people have been resettled and another 600 more are expected over the next two years through the regular refugee settlement program, he said.

https://nationalpost.com/news/canada/hundreds-of-ex-slaves-in-libya-coming-to-canada-immigration-minister-says#comments-area

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1 hour ago, st27 said:

Trudeau is sucking up to the UN again....no else stepped up, so these people will fit right in over here. Go ahead just let everybody in...we’re so rich we have money we haven’t even borrowed yet.

Canada has begun resettling hundreds of people rescued from slavery in Libya, Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen says.

Canada was “one of the few countries” to respond to a request from the United Nations refugee agency in 2017, Hussen said in an email Wednesday. More than 150 people have been resettled and another 600 more are expected over the next two years through the regular refugee settlement program, he said.

https://nationalpost.com/news/canada/hundreds-of-ex-slaves-in-libya-coming-to-canada-immigration-minister-says#comments-area

I think it is simply part of his desire to get a UN Job. 

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Not a bad idea at all.  If you speak the language, have the skills and most importantly if there are jobs that match your skills. 

Quebec wants to throw out 18,000 skilled-worker applications as part of immigration overhaul

Quebec Immigration Minister Simon Jolin-Barrette tabled Bill 9 Thursday, saying changes to the province's immigration laws will stress French language skills and match applicants to unfilled jobs, dubbing the plan "the Tinder of immigration."

Bill 9, tabled Thursday, puts emphasis on French-language skills, regional labour needs

 
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Benjamin Shingler · CBC News · Posted: Feb 07, 2019 10:35 AM ET | Last Updated: 37 minutes ago
 
Immigration Minister Simon Jolin-Barrette skilled-worker applicants will be given priority based on the needs of Quebec's labour market. (Jacques Boissinot/Canadian Press)
 

The Coalition Avenir Québec government is planning to throw out a backlog of 18,000 applications from skilled workers who want to come to Quebec and make a host of other changes to the province's immigration laws, emphasizing French language skills and regional labour needs.

In tabling Bill 9 Thursday, Quebec's Immigration Minister Simon Jolin-Barrette said the goal of the proposed legislation is to start fresh with a more "personalized" policy that addresses the worker shortage.

"We want to give the chance for anybody from anywhere around the world to come to Quebec, but what we say is: come work in Quebec, but you will have to learn French and have the knowledge of Quebec values to be there forever," Jolin-Barrette said at a news conference.

At one point, he described the province's new approach as the "Tinder of immigration," a reference to the popular dating app.

He described Quebec's current system as first come, first served, instead of being based on the needs of the labour market.

"Now we are changing that. We are taking the profile of the candidate with the jobs that we need. So we make a match."

Bill 9 includes an amendment to the Quebec Immigration Act to "clarify" its goals, including ensuring that immigrants learn French and integrate the "democratic values and the Quebec values expressed by the Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms."

It also gives the immigration minister the power to impose conditions on "foreign nationals" seeking permanent residency status, to ensure they are meeting, among other things, regional labour needs, as well as the province's "linguistic, social or economic integration."

The bill doesn't, however, offer specifics on how that would be done. Experts have questioned whether a values test, one of the Coalition Avenir Québec's key campaign pledges in the last election, would be legal under Canadian law.

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I’ve never been a fan of Quebec because of their “seperate” ways but it’s nice  to see a Province doings things the right way.

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Ottawa quickly rejects Quebec’s bill to impose language, residency conditions on immigrants

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The federal government has rejected a proposal from the Quebec government to apply conditions before immigrants to that province obtain the status of permanent residents.

The provincial government tabled a bill on Thursday that would impose new conditions on foreign nationals who come to the province, including where they live and work. The bill would attempt to ensure that immigrants learn French and integrate into Quebec society before they can obtain permanent residence, which is an interim step to becoming a Canadian citizen.

The draft law proposes new powers to “accompany and verify” learning of the language and Quebec values, and would link permanent residency status to a commitment to live in regions outside Montreal.

However, the legal power to award permanent residence to newcomers belongs to the federal government under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, which means Quebec would need Ottawa’s help to enact its plan.

'another “slap in the face” for the Quebec government'

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I Love when the Liberals piss off the Province where they get the most votes from. One couldn’t ask for a better scenario. Go Trudeau GO !!

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More reports of Isis soldiers walking our streets and and any security concerns are dismissed by a new “Canadian” as being divisive and fear mongering....I am soooo fed up with Trudeau and his diversity re-designing and destroying our country!!!

The clip is more troubling....watch at the 4:20 mark when Trudeau’s parrot starts reading from the prepared liberal talking points and then  Michelle  Rempels response. This is our f#$&”ng government?? Go Michelle go!!

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=pFneBF_LZQw#

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but I was studying." 
I ask her what she was studying.
"English and Middle Eastern studies. I didn't know anything about ISIS or anything. He said just come and see. Come and see."
"You were studying the Middle East and didn't know anything about ISIS?" I asked, puzzled.
Boys huddle under blankets provided by the Syrian Democratic Forces.
 
Boys huddle under blankets provided by the Syrian Democratic Forces.
"I didn't really watch the news. No one liked to talk about it. I was really oblivious to what was going on. In the end I said fine, if I don't like it, I'll come back," she said.
So to Raqqa, ISIS' de-facto capital, she came in 2014. What she saw, she liked. "It was an easy life. It was a city. It was stable," she said. "You're there and you're eating Pringles and Twix bars. You're just there. You don't feel like you're in a war."
"But hadn't you heard all the stories of people having their heads cut off, of mass executions?" I asked.
"No,"

This is from an interview with a “Canadian” who wants to be rescued by trudeau....but here is the kicker:

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Her answer trailed off with a nervous laugh. "Well, having slaves is part of Sharia," she finally ventured. "I believe in Sharia, wherever Sharia is. We must follow whoever is implementing the way, the law."

So in Canada....is this the way she will adapt??.

Btw....you probably won’t hear this side of the story in Canadian media...(I watched the CTV clip and it left out the part about the slaves)....it’s from CNN.

https://www.cnn.com/2019/02/09/middleeast/canadian-women-isis-syria-wedeman-intl/index.html

On the plus side, when she gets back over here....trudeau is bringing 700 odd slaves in from Libya...so this Isis bride can take her pick....win/win 🇨🇦😉

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I hope we are better prepared to educate etc. the most recent refugees that Justin has said will be coming. The following story illustrates how ill prepared we were for the last influx.  If we are going to open our doors then we must better plan on how we will intergrade, educate etc those who we brought in.  If we can not do this then we should be spending our money to take care of them in less hostile environments (culture, climate etc) .

SETTLED IN A STRANGE LAND

 

  • Toronto Star
  • 10 Feb 2019
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img?regionKey=3CMcKfVgUiMTeDb%2bhNqa9Q%3d%3dCHRISTINA RYAN STAR CALGARY Fatima Alsaleh, who left school at 12 in Syria and married at 18, has struggled to adapt in her new home in Canada but says her children have flourished.

Every Syrian refugee’s story is different. Some families have put down roots and built new lives, starting their own businesses and even buying houses. But many government-sponsored refugees are on welfare, living in social housing and struggling to make ends meet as they try to make sense of their new Canadian reality. A lack of comprehensive data makes it difficult to show whether the government’s $1-billion resettlement effort has been a success

CALGARY— Fatima Alsaleh’s living room holds just two long cushions on the floor, and a TV on a stand in the corner that casts a glow on the washed-out beige walls. The wooden floors are bare but for a tan, brown and white geometric rug. By any Canadian measure, the decor is spare, sparse even.

Alsaleh spends most of her time inside the two-bedroom townhouse, cooking meals in the dilapidated kitchen for her two boys and two girls, ages 8 to 13.

When her phone buzzes, she plugs in her earbuds and wanders into the kitchen, where she is instantly connected to the familiar voices of the family she reluctantly left behind in a refugee camp in Lebanon. At night, Alsaleh sleeps in one bedroom with her daughters; her sons take the other.

After waiting 18 months for English lessons while the kids were in school, the single mother now leaves home four times a week to go to a newcomers centre for class. But learning the language has not been easy for Alsaleh, who left school in Syria when she was 12. Three years after coming to Canada, her proficiency is still Level 1 — the most basic — of four levels.

Alsaleh speaks mostly in Arabic: to neighbours in what Calgarians call Little Syria, which is home to around 30 refugee families; on frequent calls through WhatsApp to her family in Lebanon; and to her children at home. When her government support ran out in January 2017, she went on welfare and doesn’t see herself ever getting a job.

“I’ve never worked. Not in Syria, not here. So what would I do?” Alsaleh said in interview in Arabic.

This is life in Canada for Alsaleh. She was part of the first wave of 25,000 Syrian refugees who arrived in Canada three years ago. As of Sept. 30, 2018, the latest data available, a total of 59,875 refugees call this country home.

The Star spent four months talking to dozens of settlement workers and Syrian refugees across the country, who described ongoing language barriers and mental health struggles, as well as child-care, employment and housing woes.

With a $1-billion price tag, there is a dearth of comprehensive data to show whether resettlement has been the unprecedented success the government says it is.

Like Alsaleh, around 28,000 Syrian refugees were sponsored by the federal government, 27,000 were sponsored privately by friends, family and community groups, and around 5,000 arrived through a combination of private and public sponsorship.

Government-assisted refugees were chosen by the United Nations High Commissioner on Refugees (UNHCR) because they were deemed most vulnerable and in need of safe harbour. Most have little education or are even illiterate, belong to large families and have complex health issues.

“This is a group that is going to have a lot of challenges to find themselves,” said Fariborz Birjandian, executive director of the Calgary Catholic Immigration Society, an organization responsible for much of the Syrian refugee resettlement efforts in the city.

Their arrival was part of a government-led humanitarian effort that gathered political steam after the body of threeyear-old Alan Kurdi washed up on the shore of the Mediterranean Sea in 2015. A photo of the boy — who drowned as his family fled Syria trying to reach Canada — sped around the world and right into the middle of the one of the longest federal election campaigns in Canada.

During the 11-week campaign, Stephen Harper’s Conservative Party, Thomas Mulcair’s New Democratic Party, and Justin Trudeau’s Liberals each made a commitment to save Syrian families from what has been called one the bloodiest civil wars in recent history. Amnesty International estimates the death toll of the seven-year conflict to be more than 400,000, with more than 11 million people displaced from their homes.

Naomi Alboim, a political science professor at Queen’s University, recalled the three parties trying to “outbid” one another. Conservative MP Michelle Rempel, the official opposition critic for immigra- tion, described it as “an auction of sorts.”

After winning the Oct. 19 election, Trudeau swiftly fulfilled a promise to bring 25,000 Syrian refugees to Canada by the end of 2015. The deadline was extended to February 2016, but it was still a humanitarian effort the country hadn’t seen since the late 70s and early eighties, when more than 60,000 Southeast Asians fleeing oppression and war in Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos arrived in Canada.

The estimated price tag for the Syrian resettlement initiative stands at more than a billion dollars — $1.023 billion, to be exact. Despite the amount of taxpayer’s money poured into the relief effort, the country still has no comprehensive information to show how Syrian refugees are faring.

With a dearth of data to show whether resettlement has been the unprecedented success the government says it is, Star reporters spent months talking to 20 refugees from Saint John, N.B. to Vancouver, who told stories of ongoing language barriers, mental health struggles, as well as child-care, employment and housing woes.

These are all key metrics that can be used to measure integration, but the problem is Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has re- leased exactly one report on how Syrian refugees are faring, and that Rapid Impact Evaluation only covered the first year.

The challenges faced by government-assisted Syrian refugees raise questions about whether the expeditious way they were ushered into the country, coupled with a big data gap that doesn’t allow for a quick policy response, is leaving a glaring hole in their future.

Alsaleh’s nightmare began on Oct. 16, 2011, when her husband went out to buy bread in their hometown of Homs and never came back. He was killed, seemingly at random, by snipers who lurked on the rooftops or hid around street corners. For several months, she and her children — the youngest was three when they left home and the oldest was eight — travelled from city to city in Syria, sometimes on foot, staying with friends and relatives.

In 2012, they crossed the border into Lebanon and found refuge in the Zahle camp, where two of her sisters were waiting. The camp was within sight of the Eastern Lebanon mountains; on the other side, just 11 kilometres away, lay Syria. Life there was harsh. There was no school for the children, vouchers to exchange for food and they had to live in ramshackle tents.

In December 2015, Alsaleh got the call so many camp residents coveted: A UNHCR officer was on the phone, offering Alsaleh and her children a home in Canada.

“I couldn’t picture in my mind what Canada even was, how people live here,” Alsaleh said.

The only catch: She would have to leave the rest of her family — her parents, six sisters and five brothers — in Lebanon. She felt pressured to make an impossible decision in just a few months. Alsaleh would have to leave her family, the only connection to her past, in order to secure her children’s future.

“I told my sister I didn’t want to travel to Canada,” she recalled. “It’s true that life was difficult in the refugee camps, but it was easier than being all alone with no family.”

Alsaleh eventually resolved to move 10,000 kilometres from the place she had lived nearly all of her 35 years. It was a decision she made for her children, especially for 6-year-old Ahmed, who was born deaf in one ear. “People told me health care in Canada was better, and that they would take care of my son.”

Every refugee’s story is different — some families have put down roots and built new lives, starting their own businesses and even buying houses. But, like Alsaleh, many governmentsponsored refugees are on welfare, living in social housing, and struggling to make ends meet as they try to make sense of their new Canadian reality.

After three years in Canada and more than $1 billion spent on the resettlement initiative, there is little known about how many refugees are doing well, and how many have fallen through the cracks. Beyond the first report on year one, the IRCC has yet to release comprehensive information on basic metrics like employment outcomes or language proficiency. They cite a two-year lag between the collection of data from federal agencies like Statistics Canada and the Canada Revenue Agency, and the synthesis and summary of that information as the reason for the delay.

“We know far, far more about this cohort than any arrival cohort in Canadian history,” said David Manicom, the assistant deputy manager for settlement and integration at the IRCC. “But that hard data requires a certain period of time for peoples’ tax filings to flow through data systems.” The same unknowns surround the number of Syrian refugees who have transitioned from their first year of federal financial assistance to provincial social-assistance programs. Those numbers, Manicom said, are subject to the same time lags in data collection.

The data gap is “problematic” according to Rempel, the Conservative immigration critic. “If we wait that long for data, we can’t evaluate whether or not programs are working.”

And while the new data may help IRCC to evaluate future resettlement efforts, it may not make much of a difference to resettled families, said York University health researcher Michaela Hynie, the lead investigator on a five-year, $1.3-million project to examine how integration affects the health of Syrian refugees. “Many of them are no longer eligible for rapid services, many of them have moved on,” she noted.

The data may tell us how Syrians refugees are settling in, but “it’s not going to tell you who needs help and where they are, and what you can do to help them,” said Hynie.

Some settlement agencies have collected and analyzed their own data, like Torontobased COSTI, which surveyed 351 government-assisted Syrian refugee families in the Greater Toronto Area during the fall of 2018, and found them doing better than expected: 33 per cent were currently employed, 63 per cent were attending English classes, and 87 per cent reported feeling happy. Asimilar 2018 survey of 241government-assisted refugees in B.C. found 69 per cent were attending English classes, 27 per cent were working on a fulltime basis, and 56 per cent were relying on local food banks weekly for meals.

The IRCC conducted its own survey of 1,250 adult Syrian refugees, a mix of government-assisted, privately sponsored or a combination of the two. That survey is part of a more detailed report coming out in a few months, but Manicom revealed some of its findings, telling the Star that 88 per cent of respondents had accessed IRCC-funded language training, 96 per cent reported feeling a sense of belonging to Canada and 86% said they had access to a healthcare professional. Just under half of government-assisted refugees — 43 per cent — had a job. It did not ask specific questions about mental health.

Manicom acknowledged that a two-year gap between official data collection and reporting is not ideal. “They (the data) arrive a little later than one would like, from the point of the view of how to deal with very specific issues of very recent arrival,” he said. But he pointed out that the federal government is also funding about 60 research projects in partnership with universities across the country, including Hynie’s at York, and will now survey Syrian refugees an-

“I told my sister I didn’t want to travel to Canada. It’s true that life was difficult in the refugee camps, but it was easier than being all alone with no family.” FATIMA ALSALEH SYRIAN REFUGEE, WHO SETTLED IN CALGARY, SAYS SHE MADE THE MOVE TO BENEFIT HER CHILDREN

“When I saw how the local YMCA was helping people, my primary goal was to learn English so I can work with them. I’m really comfortable here — a lot, not just a little.” REHAM ABAZID SYRIAN REFUGEE WHO SETTLED IN SAINT JOHN, N.B.

nually to gather information on key measures of integration.

The federal auditor general pointed out that the IRCC fell short of a July 2017 commitment to measure key indicators of integration in a 2018 report, stating the IRCC had only collected data on seven of 16 indicators it was supposed to measure. Metrics on chronic health care issues, how many children were in school, and how many children had special needs, were missed, among other things.

Meanwhile, people like Alsaleh continue to struggle. “I told [the settlement workers] I wanted to go back, I didn’t want to stay in Canada,” she said, remembering the first few months in Canada. “I felt like a stranger. Life was difficult, I didn’t know the language, I didn’t know anyone.”

Sam Nammoura, a volunteer who has helped Alsaleh and other Syrian families settle in Calgary, said some government-sponsored refugees feel trapped, with no work prospects and limited language skills. He believes settlement initiatives for governmentsponsored refugees “need to be completely revisited,” with closer ties to local business owners and work programs linked to financial aid.

The Star talked to families that use child benefits to pay the rent, parents who can’t leave the house to learn English because they can’t afford child care, refugees who can’t get a job because of the language barrier, victims of torture triggered by the stress of settlement and, in almost every city, people struggling to navigate the bu- reaucracy to try to sponsor family members left behind in refugee camps.

Manicom said IRCC recognizes that “social integration is a challenge across Canadian society,” and Syrian refugees are no different. “We know they’re people, and some of them will do really well,” Manicom said. “Some will be traumatized and depressed and continue to struggle.” IRCC Minister Ahmed Hussen deemed the Syrian refugee initiative a success in 2017, a pronouncement echoed by a department spokesperson in October 2018. But Manicom said both success stories and heart-rending histories like Alsaleh’s are part of the bigger picture, and it’s difficult to deliver services to fit the needs of every family. His conclusion is more realistic. “They’re doing at least as well as average governmentassisted refugees, in spite of the very large family size and the low levels of education.”

When Reham Abazid arrived in Saint John, N.B., with her husband and two children in early 2016 after witnessing the horrors of the Syrian war and being displaced in a Jordanian refugee camp, she did not speak any English. Now she works as a translator for the YMCA, after picking up the language by practicing English with anyone who would listen.

“When I saw how the local YMCA was helping people, my primary goal was to learn English so I can work with them,” Abazid said. “Hamdillah,” she added, Arabic for being thankful to God. “I’m really comfortable here — a lot, not just a little.” Her two young children, who escaped airstrikes and destruction in their home town of Daraa, are now enrolled in French immersion school. Soon they will be fluent in Arabic, English and French.

In Calgary, Alsaleh’s children are flourishing, too. They’re all in school, and Ahmed had sur- gery and got an aid to restore his hearing, all free of charge. “They love going to the swimming pool, they love playing around,” said Alsaleh. “They love life here.” Her children spend down time on weekends playing video games, and when neighbourhood friends come over, they chat excitedly in a mix of English and Arabic in front of the living-room TV.

But a sadness lingers in Alsaleh, whose most fervent wish is for a sister in the Zahle camp to join her in Canada, but settlement workers have repeatedly told her there isn’t much she can do. “I lost hope,” Alsaleh said. She knows it could be years, even decades, before she sees her family again. The future is bright for her children, but as a single mother who left school at the age of 12 and married at 18, family is all she knows.

“I wish I could go back if there weren’t any airstrikes or any war,” Alsaleh said of Syria.

Calgary volunteer Sam Namourra, who has worked with Alsaleh for a year and a half, said she is one of his most difficult settlement cases. “So many times, she has asked me to go (back) to the camps.”

The despair lodged in Alsaleh’s heart, the feeling of living in one place and belonging to another, is at the crux of integration. Canada can offer shelter and food and education and medical care, but some refugees will never be able to call this country home.

“You still feel like you’re in a strange land,” Alsaleh said. “Like you’re in a country that isn’t yours.”

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Yup...Libyan slaves will fit right in at -30c. The question will be where since the major cities social support services are already at the breaking point.

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Yup...Libyan slaves will fit right in at -30c. The question will be where since the major cities social support services are already at the breaking point.

Not exactly unhappy that we will take them in but rather to what avail, instead of bringing them to Canada, perhaps it would be better to fund their care in another country until such time as we can bring them up to speed( so to speak) re our customs, language and climate..  Are we actually doing them a favour by bringing them to a country with very hostile climates, language barriers etc. Also once again we jump in to offer help but it would appear not consideration has been given to what happens after they arrive. 

Then of course there is the question as to why no other country responded, culture differences, language, health issues or just racism (yes it does exist between African, Arab and every where else in world when there are colour, religion etc differences

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maybe a cheaper solution to unlimited immigration. 

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Hungary to give women with four or more kids life tax exemption to reverse population decline

 
‎Today, ‎February ‎10, ‎2019, ‏‎9 hours ago | The Associated Press

BUDAPEST, Hungary — Hungary’s government is greatly increasing financial aid and subsidies for families with several children, the country’s prime minister said Sunday.

The measures announced by Viktor Orban during his “state of the nation” speech are meant to encourage women to have more children and reverse Hungary’s population decline.

The benefits include a lifetime personal income-tax exemption for women who give birth and raise at least four children; a subsidy of 2.5 million forints ($8,825) toward the purchase a seven-seat vehicle for families with three or more children; and a low-interest loan of 10 million forints ($35,300) for women under age 40 who are marrying for the first time.

Orban, who has made “zero tolerance” for immigration his main theme in the past four years and was elected to a third consecutive term in April, said the initiative is meant to “ensure the survival of the Hungarian nation.”

“This is the Hungarians’ answer, not immigration,” Orban said.

The prime minister also listed some of his government’s economic achievements — such as low unemployment — and vowed to fight poverty.

Orban then turned his attention to May’s European Parliament elections, repeating his accusation that the leadership of the European Union wants to fill the continent with migrants, most of them Muslim.

“We have to understand that the European peoples have come to a historical crossroads,” Orban said. “Those who decide in favour of immigration and migrants, no matter why they do so, are in fact creating a country with a mixed population.”

Europe’s left-wing has become “the gravedigger of nations, the family and the Christian way of life,” Orban said.

After his speech, several hundred members and supporters of Hungary’s main opposition parties held an anti-Orban rally that started in Buda Castle. The event also was aimed at protesting recent heavy fines the state audit office imposed on several opposition parties. A small group of protesters used their cars to block traffic from crossing the Chain Bridge over the Danube River for most of the day.

Opposition leaders said the fines, which cannot be challenged in Hungarian courts, were politically motivated and meant to hinder their campaigns for the European Parliament and municipal elections in Hungary later this year.

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