International Development Minister Christian Paradis announced today that the federal government would match up to $100-million in emergency relief for Syrian refugees.
But a local woman says that money doesn’t address real issues.
“It’s a very small gesture.”
Vancouver Kurdish Community member Sozan Savehlagi says the money would only help individuals or families who are being sponsored privately.
She thinks the $100-million is the government’s way of responding to the pressure that the public has been putting on them, however it doesn’t look at actual issues of bringing in refugees to the country.
“A majority of people don’t have access to any sponsorship within Canada. A majority of them are at camps, actually millions. And we don’t have any plan to actually address in the most isolated and the most vulnerable.”
She says the government’s pledge to match eligible Canadian donations of up to $100 million-dollars for humanitarian aid only helps select refugees.
“What it pertains to, at least from my understanding of the government’s announcements, is that it would match private sponsorship. So, these are people who get together as a group of five and privately sponsor refugee individuals or families.”
The government has already donated over 503 million dollars in humanitarian assistance.