Refugees saying they want to go back and cities telling the feds to slow down on bringing people here so quickly are not signs of a program out of control says immigration minister John McCallum.
“There are always going to be small issues,” McCallum told TheRebel outside of the House of Commons.
Last week Vancouver, Ottawa, Halifax and even Toronto asked the federal government to give them a pause saying they had more government assisted refugees than they could house or handle. This week CBC is reporting some refugees staying in Toronto hotels would rather go back to the refugee camps in Jordan and Lebanon.
Speaking through a translator Zaneb Adri Abu-Rukti told CBC that she and her family were told that they would spend three to four days maximum in a hotel and then be moved out. It has been 11 days and there is no sign she will be leaving.
"We feel like our kids are just stuck here. We go into one room, we eat, and then we return to other room and just go to bed. Our kids don't have anywhere to play, nowhere to go out. We feel like we're just trapped in a prison,” Abu-Rukti said.
McCallum dismissed the concerns of the mother and the settlement agencies as small problems to overcome.
“I think the whole thing is going well,” McCallum said.
“But when you have large numbers of people coming together to Canada at the same time there are bound to be a few little difficulties along the way. But by and large, I think the vast majority of refugees are happy to be here.”
As of January 25, a total of 13,764 refugees had arrived in Canada since November 4 when the Trudeau Liberals took power. Of that number, 7,926 have been government assisted refugees, 4,985 have been privately sponsored and 853 have been a hybrid of the two.
Studies have shown privately sponsored refugees have an easier time adapting to Canada and do well economically, are more likely to be employed and less likely to use social assistance. Despite that the Liberals have reversed the previous Conservative preference for privately sponsored refugees.
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