To the Editor: Canada’s Refugee Model

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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.

About the Author

Niobe Way

Niobe Way

Niobe Way, Ed. D., is Professor of Applied Psychology in the Department of Applied Psychology at New York University. She is also the co-Director of the Center for Research on Culture, Development, and Education at NYU and the past President for the Society for Research on Adolescence. She received her doctorate from Harvard University in Human Development and Psychology and was an NIMH postdoctoral fellow in the psychology department at Yale University. Way’s research focuses on the intersections of culture, context, and human development, with a particular focus on the social and emotional development of adolescents. Way’s sole authored books include: Everyday Courage: The Lives and Stories of Urban Teenagers (NYU Press, 1998); and Deep Secrets: Boys’ Friendships and the Crisis of Connection (Harvard University Press, 2011). Her co-edited or co-authored books include: Urban Girls: Resisting Stereotypes, Creating Identities (NYU press, 1996); Adolescent Boys: Exploring Diverse Cultures of Boyhood (NYU Press, 2004). and Growing up Fast: Transitions to Adulthood among Inner City Adolescent Mothers (Erlbaum Press, 2001). The latter co-authored book (with Bonnie Leadbeater) received the Best Book Award from the Society of Research on Adolescence (2002). Way also writes blogs for numerous media outlets including the Huffington Post. Her research has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, The National Science Foundation, The William T. Grant Foundation, The Spencer Foundation, and by numerous other smaller foundations. Way is a nationally recognized leader in the field of adolescent development and in the use of mixed methods; she has been studying the social and emotional development of girls and boys for over two decades.