Canada’s Humanitarian Tradition: Refugee Perspective

A former refugee thanks Canadians for their generosity when he first arrived and shares how he plans to give back by sponsoring Syrian refugee families.

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Transcript: Canada’s Humanitarian Tradition: Refugee Perspective

Video length: 54 seconds

Urban music plays in the background while a video montage is shown of a dark sky with black windy clouds. The sky opens up to reveal sunlight hidden behind.

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Text displays: “Canada’s Humanitarian Tradition” with a red Canadian maple leaf.

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TOM TANG (Former Refugee): You know, I wouldn’t be a chartered accountant or where I am right now without the generosity of Canadians, who opened their minds and their hearts and their pockets and their home to our family. We are hoping to bring in three or four families of Syrian refugees to Canada. So, it’s a given that we need to do something and to give back because, without the generosity of the Canadians, we wouldn’t be here. These people are leaving because they don’t have a choice, and that they’re leaving to find a safe place to live. And, I’m confident that the Canadians will do what needs to be done.

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