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Due to the heated political atmosphere from which the initial promise emerged, with Trudeau's Liberals keen to position themselves in stark contrast to Harper's Conservatives, I feel that the massive attention this has garnered from both sides -- both of acclaim and censure -- has been greatly exaggerated. With all the rhetoric from proponents and opponents, we forget that this is a simple act of charity.
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The appropriate clearances in the source countries by international and our own government officials and a continued vigilance throughout the process of identifying refugees to become our next residents is important to ensure success and assure our residents. Because of the systems in place and the prioritization of specific groups within the pool, the risk of a terrorist coming into this country is very low. It may be different in some European countries where hundreds of thousands are streaming into the country, often meaning that the level of screening presently done for our country is unlikely to occur.
"No other country has this kind of program."
A year ago the first words that came to mind in connection with Canadian refugee policy were restrictions, limitations and exclusion. Today it might instead be generosity, rights and compassion. But it doesn't and absolutely cannot end with 25,000 Syrian refugees arriving by spring and doctors being once again allowed to provide necessary treatment to refugees and refugee claimants. We cannot forget the pressing needs of refugees from other parts of the world. The global refugee population has skyrocketed in recent years, in large part because four million Syrians have fled the country.
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Teresa was forced at gunpoint to leave everything she knew behind, never to return. She endured a long, perilous journey with little to eat and only the clothes on her back. Worst of all, this little girl watched helplessly as her mother died in the long exodus.
I'll tell you how it feels to hear Trump -- a front-running candidate to lead the world's most powerful country -- say he wants a "total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States." How it feels to hear supporters say "send them all back."
Quebec's Premier is expected to be on hand to welcome refugees to Montreal.
Quebec Premier Phillippe Couillard was on hand to greet the newcomers.
"It’s been a long time since I’ve expressed any feelings of happiness."
“Bienvenue au Canada mes amis. We’re so glad to have you here.”
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"Tonight matters, not just for Canada but for the world."
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Instead of asking our parents to change, why don't we change the situation that caused our parents to change -- poverty? Poverty in Sri Lanka has left many children on the streets scavenging for food, or should we say crumbs. What if I told you for $20 you can buy change -- change in the form of a future.
Here's what the money will go toward.
"Ireland has a long history of people leaving with famines and war. A lot of people weren't happy to see them."
The minister said there is "a great hunger to come to Canada."
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Razan and Emad's family is among the 10,000 privately sponsored Syrian refugees likely to be in Canada by year's end.
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I'm scared that we will somehow fail the people we sponsor, or that they will be ungrateful and not very nice. I suppose I'm slightly concerned that they will actually be bad people. And I'll admit I'm a little scared (possibly irrationally) of the remotely possible Fundamental Islamification of Canada. I feel, incidentally, that I should be allowed to express these fears without being called a racist or xenophobe. But most of those are small, imaginary fears, and what refugees from Syria are fleeing are big, real fears.
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One who wants to take in the Syrian refugees presents only the narrow facts and arguments that support such a conclusion. One who wants to refuse these refugees also only presents the narrow facts and arguments . All you hear is misleading simplicity -- from both sides.
Canada's fourth wireless carrier, Wind Mobile, is planning to give refugees free cellphones and wireless service, and it's calling on Canadians to donate their "surplus" phones. The mobile carrier is...
As Syrian refugees begin arriving in Canada, some Syrian-Canadians are warning that their families still living in the war-torn country aren't eligible to move here.
What does the arrival of thousands of refugees mean to me and my family? Will we be safe? Will they integrate into Norwegian or Canadian society? How much will all of this cost? Canada and Canadians have answered these questions about refugees before. We have the experience of rescuing waves of refugees. We have the will and we have the compassion. I know. My family and I have been there. I am one of them. This is my refugee story.
Prospective donors and volunteers, take note.
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Three cabinet ministers were on hand to help with the first day.
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Close to four million Syrians are currently living in three countries.
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“... we can prove that Canada in general and the Maritimes in particular are as generous and welcoming as the rest of the world thinks we are.”
"At the vaccination clinic, the women would wrap their babies in plastic bags."
The recent news that settling 25,000 Syrian refugees in Canada will cost $1.2 billion over the next six years has some questioning whether the government’s humanitarian mission is worth the price. But...
"This is truly an incredible mobilization."
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He says there's more than simple humanitarianism in his program to bring 25,000 refugees to Canada by the end of February.
"We're ready to receive any Syrian refugees, if we're called on to do that."
Not all countries accept UN refugees for resettlement.