We’re continuing our exclusive investigation into the government’s mishandling of Operation Syrian Refugee which primarily dealt with what the government euphemistically calls “etiquette” problems and now we’re also learning of complaints about their new home.
One document says “questions have been raised about the orientation that clients received about Toronto pre-departure. Some clients felt that they were not given enough time and information to make an informed decision about coming to Canada.”
But, if the refugees were in immediate danger, why would they need to mull over whether or not Canada was right for them? Unless, that is, they really weren’t in immediate danger at all and were safe in a third country.
Another document details complaints that refugees felt they “should have been informed about the high cost of renting prior to coming to Canada” and that “client expectations appear to be misaligned with the reality of the resettlement process which may contribute to general frustration.”
Yet another told a story of a refugee family that refused to move out of a Kitchener hotel until they were threatened with the prospect of paying their own bill, and also that “government accessed refugees who were working in Jordan before coming to Canada were concerned it may be more difficult to support their families in Toronto.”
Refugees were already working and supporting themselves and their families in Jordan, so what exactly were we rescuing them from? Being productive and happy in a place where they could speak the language?
To see my series of reports and to help pay for our access to these documents go to RefugeeInvestigation.com.