As the Syrian refugee crisis continues to dominate headlines, Canada’s refugee policies have been put under the microscope. Maynard Kischer Stojicevic partners Gordon Maynard and Rudolf Kischer joined Stirling Faux on CISL 650’s The Law Show to discuss some of the details of Canada’s stance on refugees.
First, the definition of refugee needs to be made clear. Some people may think a refugee is anyone fleeing their country for any reason, but that’s not the case.
“It can’t be just prejudice…I’m hated by people in my country, we don’t get along…you have to be fleeing something called persecution. So it has to be a level where you fear for your safety,” explains Rudi.
Video One: What is a refugee?
Despite some politicians’ claims that Canada is among the most generous countries in the world when it comes to accepting refugees, but Canada is actually 26th in the world in terms of our refugee claims.
“It makes sense that we have a small number of refugees, given the fact that we only border with one country,” continues Rudi. “But in terms of our resettlement program, while it may be robust compared to other resettlement programs worldwide, we’re not really doing our part.”
Video Two: Does Canada measure up?
For those looking to help refugees into Canada, it’s possible for any group of five or more Canadians to sponsor refugees. However, the bureaucratic process is slow and it can take up to four years before these sponsorships come through.
“I think the government is unbelievably out of step, where you have people that willing to do something, want to do something,” says Rudi. “Governments should be leading the way on this. And if they’re not leading the way, they shouldn’t be standing in the way.”
Video Three: The group of five
With the upcoming election, many Canadians are pushing candidates to commit to an immediate solution to Canada’s lacking refugee policies. However, Gordon and Rudi point out this is not an overnight fix.
“You’re probably not going to come up with a solution that can be attained in four months, or maybe even 12 months, but with time, and with cooperation, we can work on sharing that load. But, we can’t rush at it. We have to do it in an organized manner,” says Gordon.
Video Four: The facts of the matter
For more information on Canada’s immigration and refugee policies, contact MKS Immigration and Citizenship Law.
The Law Show with Stirling Faux airs every Sunday at 11:00 am on CISL 690.
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