The global refugee crisis has impacted people all over the world, and it shows no sign of slowing down. Given Canada’s reputation as a land of immigrants, it has been generally understood that Canada has a large role to play in responding to the refugee crisis. The current federal government has put forward a Syrian refugee policy in order to address this issue. Not only do we expect to have an obligation to accept a greater number of refugees as conflicts in the Middle East escalate, but there are also greater questions surrounding the economic, social, and cultural integration of refugees in Canadian society. How will Canada move from the initial stages of the Syrian refugee policy to a comprehensive strategy for the resettlement and integration of refugees?
Member of Parliament, Ottawa West-Nepean
Professor, University of Ottawa