Thursday, 21 May 2009

Canada Should Reconsider Accepting Refguees From Sri Lanka Now That The Civil War Has Come To An End.

With the defeat of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam (LTTE), a terrorist group banned in Canada, Sri Lanka's Civil war has effectively come to an end (and the likely start of an insurgency). You can read about it here and here.

The civil war has been good to Sri Lankan Tamils. It provided for them a context to build a persecution story around and make refugee claims in advanced western societies like the U.K., Australia, Germany, France, the U.S., and especially Canada.

It is estimated that the number of expat Sri Lanka Tamils is 600,000-800,000 world wide. If that is correct then Canada is home to over a quarter to one third of them at an estimated 200,000 to 250,000. Toronto alone is home to more Sri Lankan Tamils than any individual Sri Lankan city prompting this man to call Toronto the largest Sri Lankan Tamil city in the world. As a percentage of the population that is not true but as numbers go then he is right.

The large Sri Lankan Tamil community in Canada and especially Toronto can be explained by what is called "self selecting immigration". What this means is that immigrants literally invite themselves into Canada mostly by way of refugee claims and visas as a way to bypass the points system which is how Canada determines who it deems fit to come to the country based on Canada's economic need, not the immigrant's. Sri Lankan Tamils for the most part invited themselves into Canada, not the other way around.

Canada is to blame for this, not Sri Lanka's Tamils. The only thing they can be accused of doing is seeing a good thing and taking advantage of it like any good opportunist. Canada has created a refugee system that invites abuse and rewards it. With an inexplicably high acceptance rate for Sri Lankan refugees, reaching to a little over 80% at one time, Canada was understandably flooded with refugee claims from Sri Lanka to the tune of thousands each year since the odds were in their favour. The result: the largest Sri Lankan Tamil community in the world in as little time as a quarter of a century. Not bad seeing how Canada has no historical or cultural ties to the island nation. Indeed, before Sri Lankan Tamils began protesting on Toronto's streets most Canadians didn't even know Sri Lanka existed let alone find it on a map.

But are Sri Lanka's refugees really refugees or ever were? If they were Sinhalese then no. Sri Lanka's sizable Tamil minority may have legitimate grievances but are they bad enough to grant them asylum in Canada and to so many? I have my doubts. Here is one snipet of interest from this Toronto Star story.

"The LTTE is defeated. That is a fact. And I am in agreement with that," said Ratnasingam, who studied accountancy in Colombo in the late 1990s, fled to Singapore, and then arrived in Canada in 2001. "But the fighting ... can only be solved with a political solution. Peace is not the absence of violence. Peace is justice."

His path to Canada is pertinent to what I am getting at. What exactly was this individual fleeing? The fighting in Sri Lanka is concentrated in the north eastern part of the country yet Colombo, where this man studied accountancy, is located in the south west and away from the conflict. Colombo is where famed British science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke spent the latter years of his life. Colombo, it seems, is a pretty safe place for refugees to go to exercise what is called "internal flight" which is the seeking of refuge within one's home country. Also the man said he studied accountancy. What kind of persecuted minority targeted for genocide has the opportunity to study accountancy in their land of alleged persecution? In any event, he still did not feel safe enough in Sri Lanka so he fled to Singapore which causes me to ask what persecuted minority targeted for genocide can freely obtain a passport from the government that is persecuting him and board a plane to seek "refuge" in another country? By the U.N.'s own Declaration on Human Rights a refugee is expected to make an asylum claim in the first safe country of passage which in this case was Singapore. But why Singapore when he could have fled to the Tamil dominated southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu which is a lot closer than Singapore and a heck of a lot closer than Canada. However he still found his way to Toronto. So the man rejected the internal flight option, rejected a safe country of passage, rejected finding refuge in Tamil Nadu, and came to Canada at last. This sounds like asylum shopping to me and I think this is characteristic of the Sri Lankan Tamil community as a whole. These people were not honestly seeking refuge in Canada. They simply wanted to immigrate.

In a related piece we read from this Asian Tribune article.

I, as he once was, was an ardent supporter of ‘Eelam’ I came to this country [Australia] by using the excuse of ‘genocide’ by the Sinhala, Buddhist people when in reality, I left the country with a passport issued by the Sri Lankan Government, and boarded a plane from her international airport.

Before ‘becoming a refugee’ I lived amongst the Sinhala people all my life, went to school with 99% of my friends from that community, enjoyed life with them and graduated from one of that country’s premier Universities.


I was able to find gainful employment...in this country, because of the quality of education I received, free of charge, from that country.

As soon as I landed in Australia, I began working towards obtaining my Permanent Resident Visa by betraying and demonizing my best and dearest friends. I used the ‘1983 black July’ riots to justify my case and submitted may case though I knew very well that, no decent Sinhala person was even remotely involved in it. I knew it was not an ‘ethnic problem. I knew it was a ‘social’ problem whereby the people living on the fringes of society, made use of the situation to loot and grab whatever they could from wherever they could. They came from all ethnic groups including Tamils.

And from another we read from here:

As Tamils how many of us would dare to condemn the numerous atrocities committed by the LTTE against civilians in the South. We are only too keen to complain about being searched at checkpoints, raiding of lodges, etc. How many have been apprehended for trying to smuggle arms and ammunition into the South concealed in fish lorries, official vehicles of GA's ICRC, etc?

[...]

On the contrary, they will make an internationally heard din about 'innocent' Tamils being harassed as if 'innocent' Tamils have a label on them proclaiming their innocence! At the same time I cannot help feeling ashamed and disgraced by our Tamil brethren whenever they are successful in attempts at destroying innocent civilian life in the South.

[...]

Finally, I wish to state that Sri Lanka is the only country in the world where Sinhalese can call their home and where Theravada Buddhism is found. It is their birthplace and their birthright to remain as a majority community while others at various times have shown that their loyalties are divided. The situation today is such that a Sinhalese or Muslim student cannot enter the precincts of the Jaffna University, whereas Tamil students can freely go about in the South.

Many words are being spent by Sri Lankan Tamil protesters in Toronto to highlight past grievances and conflicts to paint themselves as victims. But how are things in Sri Lanka in 2009? Approximately 18% of Sri Lanka's population is ethnic Tamil. Tamil is recognized as an official language of Sri Lanka, Tamil political parties are functioning in the country that send Tamils to the Sri Lankan parliament, and the Sri Lankan government has a goal to return 300,000 Tamil refugees to their homes. How is this persecution? How is this genocide? Please tell me. I'm sure Holocaust surviving Jews, descendants of Armenians, Rwandans, non-Arab Sudanese, East Timor under Suharto, those of the former Yugoslavia, Ukrainians under Stalin, post-Colombian Amerindians, and so on, want to know.

It seems the government in Colombo is intent on creating a lasting peace on the island nation with minority participation. I see little reason why Canada should be accepting most refugees from Sri Lanka now. It's time to bring some integrity back to Canada's refugee system since much of it has been stolen by those who abused it.

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

Since the corner stone of the Tamil argument and justification for war, a separate state, suicide bombing and seeking refugee in Western countries is the claim of "discrimination" (now "genocide") since 1948 lets have a look at this discrimination:

SL Tamils were around 12% of the Sri Lankan population in 1982-1983

In 1981 (the last proper statistic done) 30% of all professional jobs and 30% of all government jobs were with the Tamil minority (specifically the Jaffna Tamils).

In 1981
25% of those entering University for Medical studies were Tamils.
24% of those entering University for Dentistry were Tamils.
40% of those entering University for Veterinary Science.


Two of the countries universities were (still are) dedicated for Tamils, i.e. 95% of Students to Jaffna University and 90% to the Eastern University were Tamils

In 1974 the handful of Sinhala students and faculty members at Jaffna University were attacked by Tamil students and chased away –there safety guaranteed only when the police arrived to escort them out (genocide anyone?). In August 2008 similar thing happened to Sinhala students in the Eastern University with them being threatened and student leader Sucharitha Pahan Samarasinghe murdered for being in a Tamil "only" area and Tamil "only" university.

Sri Lanka Census of 1981 dealing with the % of Tamils in the professions (12 % of Sri Lanka's population in 1981 were Tamil):

Physicians & Surgeons, 35.1%

Dentists, 24.7%

Veterinarians, 38.8%

Engineers, 34.9%

Land surveyors, 29.9%

Engineering technicians, 24.3%

Survey draughtsmen, 27.8%

Public Sector Administrators, 15.9%



Thats "discrimination" for you

Anonymous said...

I quote these figures because post-1983 Sri Lankan-Tamils flooded the West carrying blood curdling tales of job discrimination and other heartbreaking complaints as a way of greasing their way into better economic circumstances

Source is this place:

http://www.spur.asn.au/facts.htm

Also from the above link:

<<"A Canadian Member of Parliament returning from a visit to Sri Lanka got into conversation with his neighbour on the plane. He was horrified to discover that his companion had entered Canada seeking asylum from the "repressive" Sri Lankan regime, and was granted entry into Canada as a refugee. He too was now returning from a holiday in Sri Lanka two years after he was granted asylum in Canada. He had landed openly at the Colombo International airport, using his own name and had left openly - unmolested - from that same airport. Yet he was a refugee with special privileges in Canada. How amusing. ">>>


Tamils also accuse Sri Lanka of "discrimination" because Sinhala (80% of the population are Sinhala speakers and Sinhalese only exist in Sri Lanka -14/15 million) was made the offical language under the Offical Languages Act No.33 of 1956

(Tamils go around calling this "Sinhala Only" as a piece of propaganda to make it sound like being Tamil was banned).

The purpose was to replace English which was the offical langugae prior to 1956 -having only been introduced 130 years earlier and only spoken by 6% of the population. Compeltely ignoring the fact Sinhala being spoken by a thundering majority and having been the language of the island for 2,500 years.

Also Tamils complain about the SL flag too.

Anonymous said...

Call them out by name!

The weakness of this blog is that it focuses on the symptoms of the problem, rather than the source. Who have been the biggest lobbyists for open borders, pluralism, and hate speech laws across the Western world? What do they feel they stand to gain from it? Who were the primary pushers of cultural marxism and far-left ideologies throughout the 1960s? Look at their last names. Who controls the media (and Hollywood)that tells us how we should feel about multiculturalism?

While White liberals, the political parties, and immigrant advocacy groups do share a great deal of responsibility for the state we're in, they too are symptoms. White Christian civilization did not commit mass suicide by itself. We have been subverted by alien forces who have much to gain from the weakening of our society.

The answer is an uncomfortable one that stands against everything we're told to believe about these people. But from what I can tell, it is the cold hard truth, and one that we can't afford to ignore. Otherwise we're just spinning our wheels.

Anonymous said...

"A Canadian Member of Parliament returning from a visit to Sri Lanka got into conversation with his neighbour on the plane. He was horrified to discover that his companion had entered Canada seeking asylum from the 'repressive' Sri Lankan regime, and was granted entry into Canada as a refugee. He too was now returning from a holiday in Sri Lanka two years after he was granted asylum in Canada. He had landed openly at the Colombo International airport, using his own name and had left openly - unmolested - from that same airport. Yet he was a refugee with special privileges in Canada. How amusing."

No! How sad that we Canadians are so easily duped into believing phony sob stories. Foreign asylum-shoppers will keep on knocking on international front doors until they find an easy mark to take them in, and that's us Canada. We've become soft and easy prey for these street-smart con artists.

Here a "victim", there a "victim", everywhere a "victim".

They real victims in these refugee scams are Canadian tax slaves who are obligated to financially support these foreigners once they gain entry to our country, eg. welfare payments, subsidized housing, free medical care.

Reminds me of another bogus "refugee" story that erupted when a Somali warlord's "refugee" wife and children living on Canadian welfare, was discovered to have made several return trips to Somalia by expensive air travel.

Most working Canadians can't afford the time, nor money for air travel within our own country because we're too busy feeding and housing these foreign interlopers who take our money and fly back to their country for holidays, no less!

The "pull factor" can't be our cold winters, so, for a returning "refugee with special privileges" it must be our free handouts and all that undeserved Canadian sympathy they wallow in.

Wake up, Canada!

Rene Benthien said...

I agree there are a number of people who come on refugee status who were not in immediate danger.

But most expat Tamils when they left Sri Lanka literally left burning houses.

There were riots in 1956, 1958, 1977 and the big one in 1983. Except the last one, hundreds of Tamils were killed in each of these riots. The 1983 riots caused around 3000 Tamils deaths.

The riots in Colombo stopped only after the Tamil insurgents began their ruthless struggle.

My family was lucky. During the Black July riots our house was burnt by the rioters. Luckily the women escaped by jumping the back fence while my grandfather, who was 70 at the time, who delayed the rioters from getting inside, was left beaten unconscious within the premises of the building.

He managed to regain consciousness just in time to escape, sustaining critical injuries.

The family escaped to Jaffna where they were safe for the moment. But when the war started the Gorvernment began their areal bombing campaigns in the early 90s and late 80s. I remember spending a lot of time in bunkers when I was four years old.

So we fled back to Colombo in 92 where I went to school and things had become a lot calmer.

But there was no political freedom or freedom of speech in Colombo and journalists get shot with alarming regularity. Tamil youth get disappeared on a regular basis. Extra-judicial killings are very common

The situation in the North was entirely different. Bus-loads of people who were on their way to Colombo get pulled out and shot. Surely not all of the families who got shot were tigers? Areal bombings regularly hit Schools and Temples.

If you are a Tamil, you lived in fear. That didn't mean you didn't go to school or go to your job, or didn't have Sinhalese friends. But there was constant pervasive fear.

It's not genocide and I wish the protesters will stop yelling that, but it really is persecution.

Education is an intrinsic part of Tamil culture. Jaffna university students regularly get abducted by the GoSL but the Students come into university the next day. Schools that are bombed will be reopened the next day. They'll just avoid sitting in the classrooms that were bombed.

Rene Benthien said...

By the way, I'm not saying anything about the Canadian refugee system. I don't know anything about it. And yes, there are Tamils who abuse the refugee system here in Australia. But why not let some 'economic refugees' in when most of them really are getting out of Sri Lanka from fear.

That story about MP and the Tamil guy on the plane, which year was it? There was a period of ceasefire in 2003 when even Tigers were allowed come into Colombo and hold talks. Maybe the guy went back during that time? A lot of Tamils went back to visit their home towns.

Also just to clarify, I'm not a refugee. My family got here through the usual channels.

Anonymous said...

I want to protest the immigration of Third World thugs from infecting Canada. Canada has been a place or refuge, similar to the United States, for politically and religiously oppressed people. In return, especially in British Columbia, we have received drug dealers, sexual preditors and other despicable low lifes from India, China and Vietnam, just to name a few countries. Our lacks immigration laws have allowed for these individuals and their criminal families to rape our medical and social systems to the very bone. What can I do to stop the hoards of Third World low-lifes from infecting Canadian borders. Does it even matter that I'm a law-abiding citizen, who always pays my taxes, just so these scum laden individuals can bring their disease ridelled crime organzations into Canada and suck the life out of our democratic system? I want to know who I can talk to in order to raise awareness and prevent the stream of these disease carrying maggots from setting foot into our beautiful Canada. Thank-you.

Anonymous said...

Here's an update taken from the Edmonton Sun on this Sri Lankan fiasco.

"The Tamil community in Edmonton met with human rights experts yesterday for a forum to discuss the dire conditions in which nearly 300,000 displaced Tamils in Sri Lanka have been living, a spokesman said."

This is not Canada's problem! Take your issues to the United Nations and knock on their door.

The Tamil colony currently ensconced in our country would have no hesitation in bringing those 300,000 Tamils to Canada, if given the opportunity. We don't need any more Tamils disrupting our way of life in Canada.

Self-serving Tamils are only interested in saving their own people, so here's a novel idea -- take your noble efforts and return to your own country and leave us alone!

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