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John McCallum. Photo screenshot CBC

Canada to partner with George Soros, UN on welcoming far more refugees

Immigration Minister John McCallum revealed that Canada is about to announce a new partnership with the American billionaire George Soros and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) to promote an initiative that will help Canada and other countries to resettle greater numbers of refugees. The following are excerpts from McCallum’s interview with Rosemary Barton, host of CBC News Network’s Power & Politics, on September 19, 2016:

We are also offering assistance on our privately sponsored refugees… Well, let me first talk about privately sponsored in the international context.

We are having a joint initiative and tomorrow [September 20, 2016] we will announce it between Canada, George Soros and the UNHCR, which is an initiative to sell our privately sponsored refugee program to other countries. I know of at least thirteen countries who have a potential interest.

So I think this would do a service to the world, because I think it is far superior if you can bring in refugees sponsored by your own citizens than if those same refugees arrive irregularly or illegally.

I know a number of countries have expressed an interest, and so I am pleased about this announcement with those two partners to bring, to do more good in the world.

In terms of our own local situation, we’ve brought in three or four times more resettled refugees in 2016 and in 2015. Why could we not bring in more? Because we’re at capacity.

So if you bring in 10,000 more Syrian refugees you have to bring in 10,000 less of what? African refugees? Spouses? We are at our limit. We couldn’t do more. I regret that but that’s the facts.

There is one country that I’ve had discussions with, and is in the process of implementing or has a model similar to our privately sponsored refugee, and that is England, the United Kingdom.

There are other countries which I’ve spoken to, I know they are interested, and there is still another group of countries I haven’t spoken to, but I’m told they’re interested.

So this initiative involving George Soros, the UNCHR, Canada. We’ll reach out to those with a potential interest. We’ll teach them how we do this. We’ll help them to implement such programs if they’re interested, and I think it has the potential to do a lot of good, because as I said, it’s far far better if you can bring in refugees sponsored by individual group of Canadians than if they just arrive at the borders all along illegally.

So the more countries can adopt a system like ours, I think it will be way better for those countries and more importantly way better for the refugees…

We have the experience [dealing with massive migration of refugees]. We know how it’s done. We know the pitfalls. We know what to do we know what not to do, and so I think we can offer practical advice to those countries who are interested in going in this route, and I do believe, based on our own experience, that it will be a successful thing to do, and I’m grateful to the UN and to George Soros for co-sponsoring this initiative with us

The fact that he is a billionaire gives you a clue as to what he might do which is to contribute funding, and I know that George Soros has really interested in the whole refugee crisis, and so it is normal for him to partner with us on this initiative and since, as you just said, he’s a billionaire, I think the he will also provide some of the money.”

George Soros, the chairman of Soros Fund Management LLC and the Open Society Foundations, who espouses a radical leftist ideology, recently praised Canada’s immigration policy. In an article on Foriegn Policy (July 19, 2016) Soros wrote the following:

Canada provides a good role model (although its geographic context differs from Europe’s). In just four months, it admitted 25,000 Syrian refugees and is integrating them through public-private partnerships and local nonprofits. The government has promised to accept another 10,000 Syrians by year’s end and 44,000 refugees in total in 2016. (At the same time, it is admitting 300,000 migrants in total every year; this would be the equivalent of the EU accepting 4.5 million migrants annually.)”

He also laid out his plan for opening the borders of Europe for massive immigration from the Middle East. Here are excerpts from Soros’ plan:

What would a comprehensive approach look like? It would establish a guaranteed target of at least 300,000 refugees each year who would be securely resettled directly to Europe from the Middle East — a total that hopefully would be matched by countries elsewhere in the world.

That target should be large enough to persuade genuine asylum-seekers not to risk their lives by crossing the Mediterranean Sea, especially if reaching Europe by irregular means would disqualify them from being considered genuine asylum-seekers…

First, the EU and the rest of the world must take in a substantial number of refugees directly from front-line countries in a secure and orderly manner, which would be far more acceptable to the public than the current disorder.

If the EU made a commitment to admit even just 300,000 refugees each year, and if that commitment were matched by countries elsewhere in the world, most genuine asylum-seekers would calculate that their odds of reaching their destination are good enough for them not to seek to reach Europe illegally, since that would disqualify them from being legally admitted. If, on top of this, conditions in front-line countries improved thanks to greater aid, there would be no refugee crisis. But the problem of economic migrants would remain…

Third, the EU needs to develop financial tools that can provide sufficient funds for the long-term challenges it faces and not limp from episode to episode…

At least 30 billion euros a year will be needed for the EU to carry out a comprehensive asylum plan. These funds are needed both inside the union — to build effective border and asylum agencies and ensure dignified reception conditions, fair asylum procedures, and opportunities for integration — as well as outside its borders — to support refugee-hosting countries and spur job creation throughout Africa and the Middle East. Robust border and asylum agencies alone could cost on the order of 15 billion euros…

To finance it, new European taxes will have to be levied sooner or later. In the meantime, needs can be partially met by mobilizing the unused credit of already existing EU financial instruments: balance-of-payments assistance, Macro-Financial Assistance, and the European Financial Stabilization Mechanism (EFSM). These instruments together have more than 50 billion euros of unused credit available…

I was therefore greatly encouraged last year when German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble suggested a pan-European gasoline tax…”

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About Jonathan D. Halevi

Jonathan D. Halevi
Lt. Col. (ret.) Jonathan D. Halevi is co-founder and editor of CIJnews and a senior researcher of the Middle East and radical Islam at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. He is also a co-founder of the Orient Research Group Ltd.

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