Since the Second World War, Canada has welcomed refugees as part of the 1951 Refugee Convention. But, who is a refugee? “A refugee, according to the Convention, is someone who is unable or unwilling to return to their country origin owning to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group, or political opinion.“**
Of the 300,000 immigrants coming yearly to Canada, only 8,000 on average have been refugees. In 2016, a record number of 25,000 refugees were welcomed into Canada as part of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s campaign pledge to welcome Syrian refugees into our country. The flow of refugees has now slowed as this political promise has been met.
The Regina Mundi Parish Refugee Sponsorship Committee asks that our faith community pray that our country will develop a fair plan to accommodate newcomers and to ensure their successful adjustment to Canadian life. Please consider making your pledge today to support our Parish’s efforts in sponsoring a refugee family.
**Quote taken from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) – “Convention and Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees” page 5.