The refugee crisis in Europe is the largest movement of people since the aftermath of world war two. From 1946 – 1962 Canada admitted nearly a quarter of a million refugees. Yet here we are faced with a disaster of similar size and we are not taking in the numbers despite the Ivany report and multiple other channels of research on our economy telling us we need to take 7,000 annually.
Rob Batherson, chair of the board of the Halifax Chamber of Commerce said “Syrians, like other immigrant groups that have come to the province in the past, are likely to come into Nova Scotia, create wealth, create jobs, increase tax revenue."
So let’s get over the dominant narrative of fear and get on with it!
I don’t think we can do this one family at a time either. We need to welcome in large numbers at the same time. In my experience, the majority of individual families that are visible minorities in Luneburg County do not stay for long. We should be careful of sponsoring a refugee family when there is the very real possibility that they would choose to relocate to another area where there is a larger immigrant population.
It is hard to feel like you belong when you look different to almost everyone else ...
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