The Walrus - - LETTERS -

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

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