The ongoing refugee crisis has captured the world’s attention over the past few years. This situation has given rise to one of the worst humanitarian crises in recent history, and an opportunity for us to step-up and help.
Refugees in Canada are often separated from their families for more than three years – with parents and children split up and unable to see each other. This makes refugee settlement and integration in Canada extremely difficult when refugees are worrying about their stranded family members in potentially unsafe places overseas.
Canada is doing a lot to help refugees and we should be proud of the way that our government and so many Canadians have welcomed refugees from Syria in the last few months. However, there is still work to be done and we must remind our government that those accepted as refugees and given permission to stay in Canada should have their applications to bring their families (husband, wife, or children) here processed as quickly as possible.1
The TRUSU Equity Committee is joining Amnesty International’s Refugees Welcome Here campaign to call on the Federal Government to make refugee family reunification a priority and introduce speedy procedures to reunite refugee families in Canada within six months.
The Committee will be out on campus in the Fall Semester to invite campus community members to sign a postcard and support the campaign.
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1Amnesty International, 2016, Refugees Welcome Here: amnesty.ca/campaigns/refugeeswelcomehere