Canada begins selection process of refugees

Canada begins process of selecting Syrian refugees who will be given right to settle in country as part of its transfer program

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Refugees wave ‘flag of hope’ in Toronto, December 11, 2015.

The Canada transfer program will give new hope to Syrian refugees and give them the chance to open a much needed new chapter in their turbulent and war-torn lives.

This program will give the opportunity of settlement in Canada to 25,000 Syrian refugees in the upcoming two to three weeks. The asylum seekers have been overjoyed with the announcement of this program. They see it as an opportunity to bring some semblance of stability back into their lives and to finally begin living in a normal and peaceful state, in the way they once did.

TRT World reporter Rula Amin interviewed some Syrian refugees in Jordan’s capital city Amman, to find out their thoughts on the transfer program.

Father of four, Yehya Alzabadi says he would rather stay in Jordan but that he is not allowed to work in the country. However, he’s preferred option would be to go back to Syria, ‘’but the return to Syria is impossible now and won’t be possible in the near future. It’s clear to us,’’ he tells TRT World.

In the video, a United Nations (UN) officer is seen interviewing and verifying the information of Yehya Alzabadi, before his file is sent to the Canadian Embassy.

The UN Refugee Agency has so far screened 10,000 refugees for the program. The selection process of this program is based on clear criteria.

According to the conditions of the program, Syrian refugees should be in the form of complete families, have socioeconomic vulnerability, and be in a state in where they require medical care in Canada. They must also be willing to travel at short notice, in as little as two to three weeks.

Syrian refugee Munir, who is a father of two daughters and has a sight problem, thinks positively in regards to this program. ‘’Foreigners in general, respect the person and treat them like a human being. They have freedom and much less problems,’’ he says to TRT World.

Karen Whiting, Senior Protection Officer at UNHCR, speaks about the outlook of Syrian refugees concerning the program, ‘’... there’s a lot of enthusiasm for this program because they feel that it will really give their children an opportunity to be able to develop in a context where they are safe and secure and where there are opportunities for them.’’

Amir Al-Shaar, 70 year old refugee, shows no signs of hesitance for himself and his nine family members including his three grandchildren, in relation to this program. ‘’What lured us was the promise of stability, to live like all human beings, to eat without having to beg, to work and for our children to get an education. And the chance to work without humiliation and with dignity,’’ he told TRT World.

Many now hold the hope for a new life in Canada, one that they could not achieve in Syria or Jordan.