On December 13, 2016, representatives from Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Chile, Germany, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States gathered for a 3-day Global Refugee Sponsorship Initiative in Ottawa to learn about Canada’s private sponsorship model and consider how it can be adopted and supported in their countries and others.
Since the late 1970’s Canada’s model of private refugee sponsorship facilitated the resettlement of more than 288,000 refugees and more than 13,000 Syrian refugees have been resettled to Canada through private sponsorship since November 2015.
The Global Refugee Sponsorship Initiative is led by the Government of Canada, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the University of Ottawa, the Radcliffe Foundation, and the Open Society Foundations.
Open Society Foundation is chaired by billionaire George Soros, who recently praised Canada’s immigration policy.
In September 2016, Canada’s Minister of Immigration John McCallum told the CBC that the Canadian government, Soros and the UN refugee agencies are preparing to cooperate on a new initiative that will encourage the absorption of greater numbers of refugees in western countries. For more information click HERE.
McCallum said in the interview that absorbing refugees arriving in an organized fashion is preferable to having them arrive illegally. “I’m thankful to the UN and George Soros for their cooperation with Canada in this initiative,” McCallum added. “George Soros has really shown a great interest in the refugee crisis, and therefore it’s only natural that he is our partner in this venture.”
In a July 19, 2016 Foreign Policy article Soros, who espouses a radical left-wing vision of “open border world”, 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.)”
Soros also laid out his plan for opening the borders of Europe for massive immigration from the Middle East, which includes establishing a guaranteed target of at least 300,000 asylum seekers each year who would be securely resettled directly to Europe from the Middle East at a cost of at least 30 billion euros, to be paid for by raising taxes on its citizens.
“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…”
Ilana Shneider is the co-editor of CIJnews and the founding executive director of Canada-Israel Friendship Association, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the mutually beneficial, long-standing diplomatic, economic and cultural ties between Canada and Israel. She can be reached at [email protected]