Reading Kamal Al- Solaylee’s essay (“Suffering’s Second Act,” March), I was dismayed but not entirely surprised by Canada’s poor rating in the placement of highly qualified immigrants in jobs that match their skills.
I don’t pretend to have great pull in my company, but I’m enjoying the benefits of my strong support for the hiring of a qualified structural engineer who is a new immigrant to Canada. She is an asset to our engineering firm, and I wish I had more connections to the talent that is arriving every day as our organization grows.
Immigrants built our country. We are all immigrants. Please put me in touch with other qualified engineers, and I will do my small part to close our gap with the rest of the world in integrating skilled newcomers.
Dan Kovacek Vancouver, BC
You can’t unthrow a rock. There will always be psychological problems for refugees to deal with, from survivor’s guilt to the discomfort of new cultural norms. But they are alive and in a place that offers greater personal freedom than do most countries. They have a chance to begin again. Most of them will — as others have before them — contribute positively to their new home.
Leo Nelson Toronto, ON