Updated: Oct 24, 2022
According to Gallup Migrant Acceptance Index 2020, #Canada has become the country most accepting of immigrants. 50% of Canadians think immigration is making Canada a better place. Majority of Canadians felt they should accept more displaced people from places undergoing significant conflicts.
Most refugees become citizens after they complete the requirements of living in Canada for three years & passing a test of general knowledge on Canada. As a result, 95% of adults & children feel a sense of belonging & accomplishment in the country.
Canada has accepted over 1 million refugees since the 1980s based on evidence that benefitted the country's economy & population development. Through unique programs like Private Sponsorship of #Refugees, Canada presents a personal approach that can influence the acceptance of refugees & their successful integration into society. In 2021 Canada accepted 5313 Privately Sponsored Refugees & 3871 Government Sponsored ones. Sponsors have a personal responsibility towards the refugee they are helping thereby facilitating integration. However, sponsors can also pick refugees from a government-approved list, which is exclusionary & could lead to biased choices. Hence, the positive reception of refugees in Canadian society could be misleading.
Even though Canada's system seems well adapted, it does not always respond well to crises. For example, it has claimed to accept 40 000 refugees from #Afghanistan since the #Taliban coup in 2021. However, only 15 000 people had arrived & many had problems with the legalization of their stay because the government failed to adopt laws & allocate enough personnel to process the applications. This caused some people to wait for their decision for years. Many refugees have spoken about how such a lengthy processing period affects their mental health. Refugees from #Palestine and #Iran, among others, also complained about racist practices, where their waiting time is much longer than others who submitted their applications more recently.
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