The interesting bit in this article to me is the reference to Canada’s Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program. In other words, private groups and individuals take care of the new refugees and not the government. I’ve said on many occasions that that is how our program should be run as well. And, don’t let anyone tell you that groups like Catholic Charities, World Relief and the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society are doing just that here—they aren’t! Our program was originally set up as a Public-Private Partnership but increasingly American so-called charities rely on taxpayer funding to do their “charitable” work!
OTTAWA, ONTARIO–(Marketwire – Oct. 23, 2010) Canada will extend its measures for Iraqi refugees for at least two additional years, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced today. As a result of today’s announcement, Canada will resettle an additional 8,600 refugees.
In 2009, in response to ongoing conditions in Iraq and requests from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Canada more than doubled the number of resettled refugees it would welcome through its mission in Damascus, where most Iraqi refugees apply. Canada committed to resettling approximately 2,500 refugees a year under its private sponsorship program between 2009 and 2011. In 2010, Canada also increased the number of refugees from Damascus it plans to resettle through the UN program as government-assisted refugees, from 1,400 to 1,800 per year.
More refugees sponsored privately in Canada than are government assisted.
In total, through the PSR Program, Canada has welcomed more than 200,000 refugees from all over the world, over and above the number of refugees resettled through the government assisted program.
Meanwhile, the Obama Administration is welcoming another 80,000 GOVERNMENT ASSISTED refugees to the US this coming year, here.