The Conservative pledge to replace government-assisted refugee places with more private sponsorship focuses on the integration potential of refugees rather than their protection needs. That’s wrong.
Favourable public opinion helps create political will to increase resettlement and alleviate the global refugee crisis. A new tool could help build supportive social networks for refugees.
Forty years ago, the Canadian government applied its new program for private sponsorship of refugees allowing Canada to welcome the largest number of Southeast Asian refugees in the world.