TORONTO — Christine Youssef hasn’t slept properly in six days. But sitting at her dining room table, her hair in a messy bun and piles of paperwork in front of her, she’s smiling. “It’s all worth it,” says the 26-year-old as she looks at her five adult cousins who have just arrived at her small house in Toronto. They fled Syria more than a year ago. Over the course of the next three months, Youssef and her mother, Sarah Asmar, will welcome 43 people — all Syrian relatives, fleeing the civil war — into their three-bedroom bungalow. See also: This is what refugees face when coming to America While individual families sponsor the refugees, the Canadian government has chartered thousands of flights to bring 25,000 Syrians to the country so they might begin to build a new life here. The fast-track program to relocate some of the 4.3 million people who have fled the war in Syria starkly contrast resettlement initiatives in the United States and Europe where the public debate has focused more on keeping people out. Canada’s resettlement program is a stark contrast to the debate currently playing out in the U.S. In the wake of the deadly… Read full this story
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