Canada considers prioritizing religious minorities in Syria refugee resettlement – or do we?

An Iraqi Christian, who fled from her home because of Islamic State’s advance earlier this year, hangs up washed clothes to dry besides a displaced persons’ camp near Umm al-Nour Church, which is now home to hundreds of displaced Iraqi Christians in Erbil, Iraq. December 11, 2014

This article from CBC leaves the situation unclear.  First it states:

The federal government is seeking to resettle more Syrian refugees but only from the country’s religious minorities, according to sources close to discussions around Canada’s position on refugees from the war-torn nation.

Canada has been struggling to meet an earlier commitment from July 2013 to resettle 1,300 Syrians by the end of this year.

Statistics tabled in the House of Commons last week, showed 457 refugees had arrived as of mid-November.

Further on:

In a written reply to questions from CBC News, Menard reiterated Canada’s commitment to help Syrians since the start of the crisis…

In the email, he did not respond to specific questions asking whether Canada is seeking to put restrictions on new Syrian refugees — limiting them to religious minorities.

Last week, at a news conference urging Canada to answer the call from the UN’s refugee agency with a generous response, the secretary general of Amnesty International Canada, Alex Neve, questioned Canada’s commitment.

“There are many who have raised the concern that if this was not a large population of Muslim refugees, would we be seeing a different response,” Neve said. “I do not want to believe that that is all at the heart of why we’re seeing such a miserly response from Canada. But because there is no other explanation right now that hangs there.”

Menegakis rejected the suggestion by Neve.

“We totally reject that comment. It is ridiculous and I am not going to dignify it by discussing it any further,” Menegakis told CBC News.


I suggest we all write our opinion to our MPs on accepting refugees: no more Muslims, we have enough.

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  • ontario john

    The cbc this morning was upset that we might only take minority refugees from Syria. And of course the rest of the media soon jumped on the band wagon. Because what Canada needs of course is more muslims. The media elites in downtown Toronto don’t care what the rest of Canada thinks.

    • Frau Katze

      It would cause mass elite hysteria to break out. Won’t happen. We’ll get lots of Muzz.

    • Justin

      Wouldn’t it be far better if Canada and the West stop arming the Sunni barbaric jihadists in Syria and arm the minorities, like Christians and Alawites to defend themselves instead?

  • If nothing is going to be done to secure the homes of native populations, where can they go?

    Crazy question: doesn’t it stand to reason to allow useful and culturally-sensible immigrants into the country?

    • Jay Currie

      Of course it is sensible. But there are other considerations such as security and adaptability. Our experience with Muslim immigration suggests that both these issues are present with many potential Muslim immigrants.

      • I meant Christian refugees but you are right. There are many concerns that are overlooked or barely addressed.

  • Alain

    I want no “refugees” from there; end of story. There are two reasons for this. First the bureaucrats doing the screening and selection are incapable of doing an accurate job. Second is that it would not be the first time that people faked their status in order to get a free pass. Israel experienced it with numerous Russians claiming to be Jews managed to be accepted by the policy of rescuing Jews from the Soviet Union. There are lots of other examples, especially when it comes to the Arabs. Accepting any is too great a risk.

    • Frau Katze

      I tend to agree but the UN is naming and shaming. The govt is definitely taking some. There is no way out.

      • Canadian

        Just sack the UN.
        I am pretty proud that the Useless Nations are naming and shaming Canada.

        • Frau Katze

          But we’d be “pariahs” and our diplomats wouldn’t get invited to the right parties. We can’t have that! It’s like teenagers all over again. It doesn’t matter if the country goes to rack and ruin… those parties are all that matters. “Elite opinion” rules, not democracy.

          • Canadian

            I can be a pariah!

          • Frau Katze

            It wouldn’t bother me either. But it bothers those in high govt circles. It’s my latest theory about how bizarre ideas like mass third world immigration swept through the entire Western world, despite no popular support.

            The “elites” get together at diplo parties and stuff like that. And no one wants to be “excluded”.

            Got a better idea? I could be wrong.

          • Canadian

            You`re probably right.
            Add to this all the money coming from Saudi Barbaria.

  • winniec

    We do not want more JIHADISTS in Canada…no more angry, misogynistic SUPREMACISTS. No more MEN OF VIOLENCE who LOVE DEATH!
    PAY FOR A THIRD COUNTRY in the region to take them until it’s over.

  • barryjr

    No more refugees period. They can go through proper immigration channels.