Following the Paris Attacks, all eyes have been on Trudeau and his Syrian Refugee plan, and of course, there are people just NOT willing to accept the idea of welcoming these people, worried that they’ll be using up all of our resources. Experts will say on record Trudeau will be able to execute his plan, but WITH security concerns. All of these things deserve consideration….and while I’m not saying ALL refugees have the best intentions, I’m choosing to believe they do. Here’s something else that needs consideration:
We are talking about families with NOTHING. We are talking about families looking to protect their young children, heal the wounds they may have and help their little eyes recover from the horrible things they may have seen. We are talking about Women and Men who don’t want to live in war. Men and women who don’t want to wake up to a bomb on any given day.
Here’s a GREAT example of going above and beyond to make refugees feel like valuable humans, coming into our country. From CBC, we learn about a new look for a terminal at Pearson International Airport in Toronto, and the first thing refugees arriving to our country will see:
Officials at Toronto’s Pearson airport have set up this space where Syrian refugee children can play upon arriving in Canada. (Natalie Kalata/CBC)
The Greater Toronto Airport Authority showed off on Tuesday its revamped Infield terminal alongside officials from the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA). The building, separated from the airport’s main terminals, has been specially redesigned ahead of the arrival of thousands of government-sponsored refugees.
CBSA officials consider the terminal a temporary port of entry and said a similar one has been set up at Montreal’s Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport.
The goal, the organization said, is to move the refugees through the airport within three to four hours so they can begin the “important work” of resettling into Canadian communities.
“With our many partners, we have worked to make new arrivals as comfortable as possible, while protecting the integrity of the arrival process,” said the CBSA’s Regional Director General Goran Vragovic in a news release.
Video of Processing centre at airport . CBSA estimates it will take about 30 minutes per family to process pic.twitter.com/cH26dQZ3cl
— Natalie Kalata (@natalie_kalata) December 8, 2015
The facility includes a processing area where Syrians will fill out paper work in cubicles. It also has a children’s play area and signs in English, French and Arabic — though the Arabic portion of the sign is being redone because of some issues with the text. Water and food will be provided, the agency said.
Some 30 Canadian Border Services Agency workers will be on hand to help process the refugees. Once the refugees leave the airport, they will be permanent residents.
There will be representatives from Service Canada, Immigration Canada, Public Health and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency on hand to help with various aspects of the arrivals.
Most of the work, the CBSA said, will be confirming refugees’ documentation, as all of the people arriving in Canada will have been screened by Canadian and UN officials abroad.
The federal government plans on bringing 25,000 Syrian refugees to Canada by the end of February, with 10,000 of them arriving in Toronto and Montreal by the end of this month.
Many refugees arriving from Turkey and Lebanon will also be landing in Toronto before continuing their journey to other parts of the country.
The special terminal is expected to remain open until February.