As a community with a history of fleeing persecution, Jewish Canadians have played a significant role in supporting refugees. Through synagogues and agencies such as JIAS (Jewish Immigrant Aid Services) Toronto, Jewish Canadians have sponsored many Yazidi, Syrian and other regional refugees through private sponsorships.
When faith or ethnic communities are targeted for genocide, or sexual minorities subject to capital punishment, Canada’s refugee system must offer a safe haven.
As the government works to improve the refugee process, the system must continue to support those targeted for their identity – such as Christians and Yazidis in Iraq, LGBTQ2+ people in Chechnya and Iran, and Rohingyas in Myanmar.
As with the Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program, emergency initiatives to support targeted minorities should draw on Canadian civil society partners as sponsors and volunteers in supporting integration.