To the Editor: Canada’s Refugee Model
To the Editor:
Re “Our Immigrants, Our Strength,” by Bill de Blasio, Anne Hidalgo and Sadiq Khan (Op-Ed, Sept. 20):
Kudos to the writers — the mayors of New York, Paris and London, respectively — for their efforts toward inclusion for refugees entering their cities. They could do much better, however, if they followed the model of Canada in terms of how they treat refugees.
Rather than pursuing an inclusive approach because, as suggested by the mayors, violence by refugees is infrequent, Canadians follow an inclusive approach because they know that violence is more likely to be prevented when people are treated humanely.
Canada provides refugees with free medical care, housing and job assistance and even cash to help them buy basic household items and clothing. Refugees to Canada do not live in camps but in houses in Canadian communities.
They are not considered refugees once they enter Canada but permanent residents and can eventually become citizens. Canada’s humane approach to “outsiders” is a likely reason it has yet to experience a major terrorist attack.