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Canada is actually partially to blame for their predicament.
In March 2014, Mustafa heard three bombs near his home in Sheran located in the province of Aleppo, Syria. At that precise moment, he knew his biggest fear was real: ISIS was at their door. This was his tipping point; his family packed a few belongings and tried fleeing to Turkey.
In 2016, more than 36,300 Syrian refugees have arrived in Canada. The world applauded the new government and citizens worldwide pushed their governments to follow in Canada's footsteps. However, the heroic story ended with the Syrian refugees as Canada has not extended its helping hand to other nationalities in the same way.
Warmer waters and calmer weather of late have only increased the migrants' attempts to reach Europe.
If confirmed, it would be one of the deadliest tragedies on the Mediterranean in the last year.
And he's hoping to see this country make a further commitment to Syrians.
There's been a frustration in the sponsorship community about, 'We want to get more Syrians and they're not there.'"
"We feel lost. There is no future here."
Concerns over compromising the resettlement program’s integrity are keeping Canadian officials tight-lipped. But here's what we know.
In past refugee crises, Canada has responded swiftly and assertively. From the aftermath of World War II, through crises in Hungary in 1956, Chile in 1973, and Southeast Asia in the late 1970s, Canadians responded generously, receiving on each of those occasions tens of thousands of refugees into our communities. In 1999, Canada took extraordinary measures to evacuate thousands of refugees from Kosovo. Why should we do less now?