|My refugees students |
were such an addition to our classroom community!
The CARR. In Prince Edward County, PEC Syria. Capital Rainbow Refuge, helps LGBT refugees. There are many more! There are refugees here for years who have brought in extended family members, now that the new government has permitted such.
Our small centres dispel the myth that all refugees must be settled in a major city centre. Many refugees are, indeed, farmers. We know, too, how rural folks come together.
There is much misinformation in the public. I watched a CBC show, The National, last month –they had an expert panel on refugees coming to Canada. These are their answers to simple questions.
How is it possible to vet thousands of refugees in this time frame?Mike Molloy: U of O professor.
How? Putting a lot of people on the job: 500 people have been sent overseas. It's a professional team with experience. They are in three places: Beirut, Amman and somewhere in Turkey. They are using biometrics to ensure ID between here and there. They are ensuring they aren't on terrorist watch lists.
What do private refugees groups do?A lot of people coming over are already assigned to private sponsors. Privately settled refugees have a different circle of support than those brought in by the government. Gov't assisted refugees are assisted by government employees and settlement organizations. Privately settled refugees are looked after by groups of people who work together to get them housing, banking services, a SIN, and it is a small team, who wrap themselves around the family.
|Another good news story about refugees|
MythsThe name of the game is to prevent terrorists from getting here. Most of the people in refugees camps have been there for 4 years or so. Most of the loon wolves in North America have been young people going mad. There are many myths about sleeper cells, which feature in many cop shows these days. Crikey. As Convention Refugees, they can't be sent back to countries where they were at risk. This is for all but serious issues with the law, the system will deal with them here. Thankfully, our new government doesn't have supporters who despise spending money on people who are our most vulnerable.
Communicable diseases: we have millions of people coming in to Canada every year. They bring many diseases, which we have managed: toxocariasis, TB, as examples. Immunization - if someone doesn't have immunization records, they do a full primary series, no harm in over-vaccinating. Most adults don't have records.
Jobs, housing, healthcareLouisa Taylor, Director, Refugee 613
Housing: This is not up to the government: there are agencies such as Ottawa's Refugee 613 task force, with private landlords, housing coops, they are all on board.
|Refugee 613 - Ottawa|
Refugees privately are offered jobs and support by individuals. Social capital matters. Many groups have lined up 4 or 5 leads for the head of household who is a tradesman, for example.
Health: The refugees are in good health. There is self selection: they go up over mountains, across rivers and seas, to get to the refugees camps. Syrians are low in infectious disease, as they've had an evolved healthcare system up until 5 years ago. There is lots of chronic disease, children without well-child visits, or immunizations, also, with shrapnel wounds and amputations, which can be fixed. There are mental health issues with PTSD, being in a safe environment is step one. What they need is good primary care early. They will acclimatize well.
Why aren't refugees going to Arab states?Mike Molloy
The Arab world is providing money, but not refuge. Since the 2nd World War the US, Australia, and Canada have welcomed many refugees. They are missing out on good human capital. Syria was highly developed, solid public education, free post educational system, and a strong sense of public service, they say we will benefit from opening our doors and hearts to these refugees. These are smart, education citizens, who will contribute to Canada.
This is so much fun!
Good news for agencies helping new refugees. Please let any charities within a hour of an IKEA know. You can save the sponsors significant money that they can use for other important needs for the newcomers.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
First wave has begun with 271 resettled in Canada over the last four weeks, with the arrival of thousands more imminent and the final number likely to rise, the immigration minister says.
|Globe & Mail: refugees|
Germany is doing good work
|Storytelling and therapy|
Lest you fear refugees...Mass shootings in the US. We need not recite the names of the loon wolves who have sought infamous headlines. They have done such harm. True Muslims, and some of the refugees are Christian, are peaceful family units who love Allah.