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Council of Canadians chapters say #RefugeesWelcome

London chapter
The #RefugeesWelcome rally in London, Ontario on Sept. 4.

Yesterday, the Council of Canadians Prince Edward Island chapter took part in the #RefugeesWelcome rally in Charlottetown.

Our Kamloops, Chilliwack, Victoria, Fredericton, St. John’s, Quill Plains, South Niagara, Ottawa and London chapters have also taken part in recent #RefugeesWelcome rallies.

The Ottawa Citizen is now reporting, “Canada’s immigration department returned more than $350 million to the federal treasury in unspent funds over a three-year period, a sum that included millions for processing refugee applications and helping asylum-seekers settle into Canada.”

And Antonia Zerbisias highlights in Al Jazeera, “According to the United Nations, Canada dropped from fifth place five years ago on the list of the top 15 refugee-receiving nations, to last place now. Meanwhile, from 2006 to 2013, more than 100,000 people have been deported. About 11,000 men, women and children a year have been locked up in prisons to await uncertain fates in countries such as Egypt, Iran, and Syria.”