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Citizenship and Immigration committee  As a private sponsorship agreement holder, and being involved in private sponsorship, I will say that a cap is a big challenge for us. On the other hand, I also understand the issue of challenges of the landing, and that there has to be enough resources. The solution is not in p

June 7th, 2016Committee meeting

Dr. Aslam Daud

Citizenship and Immigration committee  Absolutely. As a private sponsorship program, we are deeply involved with the sponsorship process. We know the refugees. We do the due diligence, and we are able to select the most vulnerable and the most needy, and also those who are connected in Canada. In that way, we are doi

June 7th, 2016Committee meeting

Dr. Aslam Daud

Citizenship and Immigration committee  Sponsorship breakdown is uncommon in the SAH community. The reason is that either they're family linked, or the organizations are already well placed to do the sponsorship. It would be a rare thing to see a sponsorship breakdown. It would happen only because of certain specific c

June 7th, 2016Committee meeting

Dr. Aslam Daud

Citizenship and Immigration committee  The biggest challenge is to find employment for them. What we recommend is that there should be a program. When we are taking refugees, we are opening our hearts. There should be some type of model where we provide a three-month, a six-month, or a one-year program, which is fund

June 7th, 2016Committee meeting

Dr. Aslam Daud

Citizenship and Immigration committee  Yes. We had only three or four individuals with special medical needs. One of them was permanently disabled and had some medical conditions for which he needed urgent care. We were able to provide that through IFH, plus through our panel of doctors. There were a couple of others

June 7th, 2016Committee meeting

Dr. Aslam Daud

Citizenship and Immigration committee  The professionals, for example, engineers and doctors, we have a couple of engineers who have come, and they're struggling to find a job when Canadian experience is lacking. I think it would help to have a program where they're invited to have a mentorship with an organization, o

June 7th, 2016Committee meeting

Dr. Aslam Daud

June 7th, 2016Committee meeting

Dr. Aslam Daud

Citizenship and Immigration committee  Okay. Initially, privately sponsored refugees had the impression that the government-assisted refugees had an advantage and received more benefits; however, this impression was rectified when they saw the generosity of private sponsorship.

June 7th, 2016Committee meeting

Dr. Aslam Daud

June 7th, 2016Committee meeting

Dr. Aslam Daud

Citizenship and Immigration committee  Good afternoon. I'll begin with a bit of an introduction to Humanity First, and then I'll go to what we have been doing and address some of the specific questions that are the mandate of this committee. Humanity First is a humanitarian relief organization registered in 46 count

June 7th, 2016Committee meeting

Dr. Aslam Daud