Twenty-seven million people in the world are refugees. In this
book, Morton Beiser puts readers in touch, emotionally and
intellectually, with the reality of refugees in Canada. In the
process, he dispels key misconceptions about immigrants in this
country and reframes central debates on refugee policy.
The book describes Beiser's ten-year study of 1,300 Boat People
admitted to Canada between 1979 and 1981. It chronicles the former
refugees' struggles to learn English, and to establish themselves
economically in their new environment and shows that, contrary to
popular opinion, they use fewer health and social services than
Beiser finds that, although most refugees in most resettlement
situations succeed remarkably well, no country, Canada included,
offers newcomers the welcome they need and deserve. This remarkable
study, with its profoundly human dimension, should be read by all
policy-makers in the fields of immigration and social and health
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