The majority of Syrian migrants that Canada was receiving were what immigration officials called “urban refugees.” Rather than taking refugees from camps holding those in the most dire situations, Canada was taking claimants already living safely in places like Turkey or Lebanon, settled in cities and living in apartments.
In the exclusive secret memo prepared for the Immigration minister, Canada’s bureaucrats were looking for ways to bend the refugee system rules that say one can’t be settled safely somewhere else and then claim refugee asylum in Canada.
Imagine our current crisis at the border, but instead of refugees walking across the border into Canada from the U.S., they could just hop on a flight from anywhere in Europe where they had been living for several years!
The document said:
“[T]raditionally Canada has not settled many refugees from Europe, particularly EU member states, because they have been regarded as providing refugees with a durable solution. While volumes of resettlement applicants in EU member states are currently low, recent visa officer decisions for privately sponsored refugee cases processed in Malta and Greece found that local integration is not available for specific refugees in either of those countries.
The countries that make up the EU vary somewhat with respect to their economic development and capacity to respond to refugee needs. Furthermore, the willingness within these countries to respond positively continues to fluctuate with respect to the ongoing influxes of refugees which include large numbers of both Syrians and non-Syrians.”
In other words, if the locals in a nation have had it with a bunch of migrants storming their border for free stuff, Canadian officials were willing to step in and bring those migrants to Canada.