In 2011, financed with Canadian taxpayer money, the government initiated a billboard campaign in the predominant countries of origin of Roma claimants. It sought to deliberately deter Roma from seeking asylum in Canada, stating that "people who make a [refugee] claim without sound reasons will be processed faster and deported faster."
"I didn't know what to do. I was scared."
And large numbers are worried about how many Syrians Canada plans to welcome.
Two refugee crises may be more than 70 years apart, but they have striking parallels.