A local Kurdish activist says Canada needs to loosen the restrictions on refugees if it wants to make a difference in the Syrian refugee crisis.
The photos of 3-year-old Alan Kurdi brought world attention to the plight of Syrian refugees, including Alan’s brother and mother who also died as their boat capsized off the Turkish coast.
Sozan Savehilaghi says had the family survived and if they made it to Canada, they still would’ve faced an uncertain future …
“What would happen is that they would be detained for upwards of 12 months, becase they would be deemed irregular arrivals, because they may not have documentation, because they’re refugees, including the children. This is exactly what happened with the MV Sun Sea, when the boat reached BC shore, where was the public outcry.”
A new Angus Reid poll released says 70 per cent of Canadians feel Canada has a role to play in the crisis, but just 51 per cent say the government should spend more money doing it.