The region has become a major hub for the global economy, but it’s also seen a boom in international migration.
The region’s economy has grown by more than 25 per cent in the past five years, the International Monetary Fund says.
And in the last few years, many have sought out Canada as a way to escape the region’s economic turmoil.
“The number of people entering Canada in the refugee resettlement market, particularly those who are Syrian, have gone up tremendously,” said Dr. Andrew Lacy, director of the Centre for Refugee Studies at Ryerson University.
Lacy said refugees are bringing skills to Canada, but they’re also bringing risks. “
It’s been a huge boost to the region.”
Lacy said refugees are bringing skills to Canada, but they’re also bringing risks.
He said that, as refugees are resettled, they face higher unemployment rates, as well as more crime.
“If they stay here, it’s a very precarious environment, it has a very negative impact on people’s lives,” he said.
The region is also a major source of jobs for Canadians, Lacy noted. “
But if they are successful in getting into a position to stay in Canada, they’re going to do that because of their skills, their knowledge, their experience and their skills as a person, and that’s going to be good for Canada.”
The region is also a major source of jobs for Canadians, Lacy noted.
But many of those jobs are temporary.
“There’s no guarantee that they’re permanent jobs,” he noted.
Refugees also face challenges when it comes to employment. “
That’s not to say that people aren’t going to make a lot of money, but if you’re a company that’s making a lot more money than you used to make, then it’s not a sustainable business.”
Refugees also face challenges when it comes to employment.
Lacy pointed out that in order to work in Canada and in the global workforce, refugees must have been living in Canada for at least six months.
That means some of the people resettling in the region have been there for just six months, meaning they may not be able to hold on to their jobs.
Lanyacy said that in a number of cases, refugees were unable to find jobs at all.
Some were unable even to find employment.
And, he said, many of them are still struggling to find work after they have been here for a year or more.
“People who are already in the labour force are often in very high levels of unemployment,” Lacy added.
“We’re seeing a lot less migration coming into the region, but people who are trying to find a job are not getting that opportunity.”
Lanyary said that a lot is riding on how the region manages its economy and how it manages refugees.
“Somebody’s going there to build a house, but what’s happening is people are coming back with their families and with their skills,” he explained.
The government of Canada is working with international partners to help manage the region. “
So it’s important that the economy is strong in the short term, but we’re also looking to the long term and the people who will be here for many, many years are those who will build the economy in the long run.”
The government of Canada is working with international partners to help manage the region.
Last year, Canada offered $50 million in funding to assist refugees who need help finding work.
The government has also pledged $1 billion to help refugees with their education, health care, employment and family reunification.
The International Organization for Migration is also providing support, with more than $200 million earmarked to help more than 1,000 refugees resettle in Canada.