Canada is in the midst of resettling some 30-thousand Syrian refugees and the question of how those refugees will fair in their new country has not yet been answered. A recent internal government study of Iraqi refugees offers some clues – not all of them positive. As Stephanie Levitz reports for The Canadian Press:
“The 19,427 Iraqis who arrived between 2009 and 2014 faced numerous barriers, including the trauma of the war, greater medical needs and a lack of English and French compared to others, the study found….The surge of Iraqi arrivals strained resources, while the complexity of the cases made it hard to provide the right support, researchers were told. Refugees also received little information about what to expect when they arrived and struggled to find affordable housing on income supports that didn’t cover the high cost of living in urban centres, the study found.”
Not all the data in the study is as dire however. Those that come to Canada under private sponsorships fared much better than those settled by the government. I discussed the study with Levtiz as well as how the children of refugees end up thriving in Canada last night.