Camp or no-camp, Syrian refugees are legitimate refugees
Just because Syrian refugees don’t live in refugee camps and end up renting pseudo-apartments, it doesn’t mean they don’t need our help. Those living outside of camps are in dire need, often in worse situations than those in camps. As well, by the end of 2013, the UN stopped accepting refugees in camps because they were full. Then in 2014 they even stopped registering refugees altogether.
National Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan, left, Immigration Minister John McCallum, and Health Minister Jane Philpott, are pictured Nov. 19, at a Syrian refugee camp in Jordan with a UNHCR staffer. Photograph courtesy of Immigration Canada