During last years' general election campaign, each of the
three main parties pledged that if they were elected they would
bring in greater numbers of Syrian refugees. The Conservatives
pledged 10,000 over three years, the New Democrats said they would
take in 10,000 by the end of the year and 9,000 annually after
that. The Liberals, the highest of the three, promised to admit
25,000 refugees by January 1st. After winning the election they
successfully reached their target on February 27th 2016. This year
there are plans to admit another close to 30,000 refugees from
The government's policies have brought to light an
interesting approach to refugee admission policies. According to
research, privately-sponsored refugees become more successful than
their government-sponsored counterparts or asylum seekers who
arrive on their own; due in large part because they have a support
group from the moment they arrive.
The Liberals were able to fulfill their promise largely because
individual Canadians stepped forward to sponsor 11,000 of the total
26,166 Syrians who arrived after the new government took office in
early November 2015.
These policies were set in motion by the current conflict in
Syria and are similar to world events of 1978. Private sponsorship
of refugees began in Canada in at that time when the Indochinese
began fleeing from Vietnam after the war. The refugee crisis was
initially regarded as an American problem but this later changed
after extensive media coverage of the plight of refugees, similar
in many respects to the coverage that Syrian refugees have received
in recent times. Canada agreed to welcome 60,000 Indochina refugees
over three years, as long as each government-supported refugee was
matched with one who was privately sponsored. By the end of 1980,
over 60,000 refugees had arrived with over half sponsored by
private groups. Since then more than 200,000 have come to Canada
under a sponsor program.
There are several advantages for the government in promoting
private sponsorships. Private groups shoulder the bulk of the costs
of settling refugees over the course of 1-year which is (estimated
to be at least C$27,000 for a family of four).
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The content of this article reflects the personal insight of
Attorney Colin Singer and needs no disclaimer
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