Re: [OM] OT: American Refugees in Canada

Subject: Re: [OM] OT: American Refugees in Canada
From: Sandy Harris <sandyinchina@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 10 Aug 2017 09:05:24 -0400
Chris Trask <christrask@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

>      No, these are not natural-born US citzens, but instead are mostly 
> Haitian refugees from the 2010 earthquake:
> http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-40879544

Canada has a law that we won't take refugees who are already in a
"safe third country" so, for example, a Syrian cannot apply for
refugee status here if he or she is already in the US or most of
Europe, but the ones in refugee camps near the conflict can apply.
That has been controversial; some on the left claim the US is not
currently safe for Muslims so we should take more. Last I heard, the
government was still saying no to that.

A complication is that provinces can have their own programs to
encourage whatever they consider the right sort of immigrant & the
feds co-operate by providing visas. Quebec wants French speakers, so
they let in a lot of Haitians, Cameroonians, etc.

>      Oddly, just yesterday the BBC here had an article about an American 
> family who emigrated from Charleston, SC to Halifax, NS.  Seafood should be 
> cheap, eh?

There's been immigration both ways across the US-Canadian border for centuries.
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