In 2016, Canadians across the country responded to the suffering of people abroad in war-torn Syria by welcoming over 20,000 Syrian. The effort required cooperation from many Federal, Provincial and Municipal governments, as well as the private and non-profit sectors. We say – Let’s not stop there. Let’s keep up the good work and bring in the next 20,000 – this time from Africa.
There are over 2.5 million refugees in Africa today. African refugee camps have been in place for decades before the Syrian conflict, and some of them are larger than Canadian cities. The people living in these camps represent a tremendous immigrant source for Canada because many of them are highly educated and ready to work. They are also desperate – and our government has not yet adequately responded to the scale of this human suffering.
Let’s offer these refugees a new home in Canada, where they can find gainful employment and hope for the future. Let’s open our hearts and return to the airports to greet the next 20,000 – this time, from Africa.
For more information, please click here for The next 20,000 – Brief
The next 20,000 – Main Points
The next 20,000 – Position Paper_version_bilingue
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