What is Canada like for a refugee?

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After the election of the Trudeau Liberals, Canada swiftly rebranded itself as a tolerant, open-armed society. But as alt-right sentiments seep across the border, how welcoming is the country? Omar Mouallem meets the refugees confronting racism, xenophobia – and the very idea of Canadian-ness

    It was never particularly complicated.

    All Mohammad El Hindawi wanted for his family was a reprieve from the bedbugs afflicting his children. In the summer of 2015, while dealing with the vermin in their new home of Edmonton, he’d learned through a social worker that Canadians apparently loved camping, and so, as a new Canadian, he thought that perhaps this was something he should try.

    Sure, I’ll go to Canada, even though I don’t know what it is or where it is

    It’s one the most Canadian things you can own. It keeps away the bad dreams.

    ‘Nobody saw us as a human,’ he said. ‘Just as an economic problem. It was very racist.’

    When you start digging at the surface, we’re not very accepting.

    Polite racism indeed.

    The bigger change was within myself … I internalized the fear of radical Islam

    There is no propaganda machine more effective than fear-mongering around Islamic extremism.

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