We should take more refugees

While Canada has backtracked somewhat on the time frame, some 25,000 immigrants will win the lottery and become permanent residents of Canada by the end of February, including 10,000 by the original target date of Dec. 31.
The refugees that Canada is choosing to welcome are women, children, and families. Single men need not apply.
Processing so many individuals in such a short period of time is an onerous task. Security background checks, tuberculosis tests, other health tests, and X-rays all must be administered before final documents will be offered to refugees for seats on aircraft flying to Toronto and Montreal.
It will be a rude awakening for the many families arriving at the beginning of our Canadian winter. According to many news articles, most of the refugees in UN camps in Lebanon, Egypt, and Jordan have very limited knowledge of Canada.
Canada unlikely would be their first choice of a nation to arrive in but as Canadians, we can make sure that refugees are welcomed into our country.
Historically, when we look back at refugees from Vietnam, Uganda, Kosovo, and Hungary, we discover that those refugees were a stimulus to the Canadian economy.
Supported by the government, sponsors, and educational opportunities, these new Syrian refugees will contribute to Canada’s growth. In Ontario, the Ministry of Education is spending $25 million over three years to get foreign-trained nurses, doctors, and pharmacists into their professions here.
This year alone, Canada will accept more than 250,000 immigrants. Economists point out that Canada needs more than 100,000 additional immigrants annually over the number that currently are being accepted to maintain and grow our population.
Those immigrants will fill jobs vacated by baby-boomers and continue to fund the CPP. From application time to final acceptance, the average time to immigrate to Canada often exceeds 24 months.
Today, there is a backlog of 660,000 immigration applicants waiting to be processed.
The United Nations estimates there are more than 60 million refugees worldwide. They all are fleeing some sort of famine, persecution, government breakdowns, and military conflict.
Many are well-trained and their flight to safety is a sign of their wealth. Many refugees are professionals.
Many communities across Canada are declining in population. Many communities are losing their professionals. Accepting refugees will help alleviate those issues in small rural communities right across the country.
As a nation, Canada should consider accepting more than the 25,000 refugees annually. In the future, Canadians will be able to handle much larger numbers.
Canada will have created more opportunities for integrating those immigrants into Canadian society.
In fact, we probably could grow the number of refugees coming to Canada to more than 100,000.

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