Sunday, December 11, 2016

Syrian Refugees in Canada: Could Their "Struggle" Lead Some to Choose Jihad?

The Toronto Star has a story about a family of Syrian refugees living in Mississauga--a mom and dad and their five young kids--who are likely to have a tough go of it once federal resettlement assistance ends in February. The problem, of course: the parents are unskilled, don't speak English and have many mouths to feed in what is a very expensive place to live. Provincial welfare will pick up some of the slack, but not nearly enough to keep them even close to the poverty line.

In other words, day-to-day life for these newcomers is about to get very tough:
While the highly skilled Syrians — most of them resettled under private sponsorships — may encounter problems in professional licensing and employers’ demands for Canadian work experience, those with lower education may have difficulty finding manufacturing and service jobs. 
The transition would be tougher for the government-assisted refugees than for those supported through private sponsorship groups because families supported by Ottawa are generally much larger in size (53 per cent with three to six kids), with lower education and skills, and speak little English. 
“My worry is the public has unrealistic expectations of how quickly these newcomers can find jobs and become independent,” said Mario Calla, executive director of COSTI, which settles government-assisted refugees in Toronto.
My worry is that some of the children of these refugees will become very angry about being imported by a Canadian government that welcomed them so effusively and then left them to fend for themselves, and, to assuage their bitterness, will take up the traditional "struggle" to prevail over infidels. (And it certainly won't help that they're being exposed to fundamentalist sermons in public school.)

You can be sure, though, that such an "Islamophobic" thought never entered Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's pretty, vacant head.

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