Welcome to Canada from one immigrant to another !
Calgary is welcoming it's first refugees from Syria and Iraq so tomorrow I'm going to take all the winter clothing that we have and donate it to a women / children's charity. It's not much (well, actually, it's a huge pile ... everything from when we first moved over!) but I'm sure it will help someone coming from a hot, hot place to our cold climate.
For anyone who isn't on board with helping and welcoming those fleeing persecution or who think we should "help our own first" I say ... fuck you - who owes you an explanation? Why should I help some deadbeat who's had lots of opportunity and advantage and pissed it away on drugs and booze? I think these people are far more deserving. Than some local yokel.
On a purely selfish level there are good reasons to welcome any influx of people from another culture:
Hands up anyone who likes Vietnamese food? Do you know why you can enjoy it? Because the Vietnamese boat people were eventually allowed to settle here and they brought their food and culture with them.
In 20 years time we'll all be raving about our favorite places to go to enjoy Syrian and Iraqi food regularly (I've had Iranian, I expect it's similar). Just look at welcoming refugees as a chance to speed up the culinary process and progress :)