Refuge: Canada's National Newsletter On Refugees
Periodical profile published 1982

Year Published:  1982  
Pages:  8pp  
Inactive Serial

Resource Type:  Serial Publication (Periodical)
Cx Number:  CX2452

This monthly newsletter is dedicated to encouraging Canadian citizen participation in helping refugees, by providing a forum for sharing information and opinion on domestic and international issues pertaining to refugees.

Abstract:  This monthly newsletter is dedicated to encouraging Canadian citizen participation in helping refugees, by providing a forum for sharing information and opinion on domestic and international issues pertaining to refugees. The September, 1981, issue, with its focus on Southeast Asia, notes some of the causes of the refugee problem and describes the work of Canadian groups supporting immigrants from Vietnam, Kampuchea and Thailand.

The interests of the United States, the Soviet Union and China continue to conflict in Southeast Asia, blocking development and the achievement of self-sufficiency. A particular example cited in the newsletter is the United States' "campaign to cut off development assistance from international agencies to Vietnam." Under such pressure, the European Economic Community has not supplied the United Nations Children's Fund with the milk powder, butter, oil, and high-protein food which has been sent to Vietnam in the past. A recently-returned visitor to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) reports that, "because the orphanages and hospitals were not able to give the children and babies milk, the children suffer from severe malnutrition, high susceptibility to disease, mental retardation, loss of sight and hearing and finally death." The economic hardships, violence and insecurity of life in Southeast Asia are the problems which lie behind the massive displacement of persons to which Canadians have responded. Profiles of groups in Windsor, Toronto, Winnipeg and Calgary describe Canadian efforts to assist refugees in adjusting to Canadian life and locating lost relatives.

The September, 1981, issue also contains reports on refugees from Afghanistan, disputes with the Canadian government over the refugee status of Sikhs and the Canadian Foundation for Refugees.

Refuge is produced by an independent board with funding assistance from the Canadian Foundation for Refugees and Wintario.

Contributions or materials for publication are welcomed.

$10 for 10 issues.

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