theZoomer “Refugees” Episode Inspires Heated, Thoughtful Debate

theZoomer’s impactful “Refugees” episode airs Monday, February 15 at 10pm ET/7pm PT on VisionTV


Over the past number of years, the continuous combat taking place in Syria has caused irreparable damage, displacement and sometimes death to a significant number of the country’s civilians. As the situation became more polarizing near the end of 2015, the Canadian government announced plans to rescue Syrian refugees and offer them a fresh start in the Great White North.

As of mid-January, 12,500 Syrian refugees had arrived in Canada and it is expected that the country will house upwards of 35,000-50,000 by the end of 2016. Providing landing spots for these refugees are 150 Canadian communities, with popular destinations being Toronto and regions of Québec.

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However, the process of bringing in so many refugees, so quickly, hasn’t been as smooth as desired. Settlement agencies are overwhelmed by the influx of large amounts of refugees arriving at the same time; not enough immediate housing is available; and curiosity about the thoroughness of individual refugee security checks has come about.

As for the refugees themselves, there is debate about how they are handling the move from Syria to Canada on an emotional level, as well as how they’re adjusting to Western society’s conventions and expectations.

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In this passionate and thought-provoking, new edition of theZoomer, these topics – along with observations on discrimination, religious beliefs, terrorism and government shortcomings – are explored by host Faith Goldy and an esteemed panel that includes Conrad Black, Martin Collacott (Former Ambassador to Syria, Senior Fellow – Fraser Institute), Barbara Kay (National Post columnist), Zena Al-Hamdan (Program Manager, Arab Community Centre of Toronto), Majed El Shafie (Founder, One Free World International), Bernie Farber (Executive Director, Mosaic Institute), Ibrahim Hayani (Professor of Economics, Ryerson University) and Raheel Raza (Muslim-Canadian journalist and author.)

What’s more, theZoomer roundtable meets a recently landed family of Syrian refugees, before being re-introduced to Muslim-Canadian journalist and previous IdeaCity speaker, Tarek Fatah, who emphatically denounces the negative messaging he believes to be happening that some North American mosques are pushing forward.

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The debate about how Canada is handling Syrian refugee resettlement doesn’t have a clear end in sight, but those in theZoomer studio offer much to think about in terms of what this matter can mean to you, your country and the world at large.

-Adam Grant

WATCH: theZOOMER TEES UP THE TOPIC


 
WATCH: ZNEWS VISITS THE ISLAMIC FOUNDATION OF TORONTO TO FIND OUT HOW SYRIAN REFUGEES ARE BEING INTEGRATED INTO THE NEW COMMUNITY