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Muslim Migrants in Canada - Victims of Undeclared Racism and Discrimination

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  • Zafar Khan
    Muslim Migrants in Canada - Victims of Undeclared Racism and Discrimination By Syed B. Soharwardy Islamic Supreme Council of Canada (ISCC)Most of the Canadians
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 29, 2002
      Muslim Migrants in Canada - Victims of Undeclared
      Racism and Discrimination
      Syed B. Soharwardy

      Islamic Supreme Council of Canada (ISCC)Most of the
      Canadians do not know the secret of Canada's strong
      economy. The strength of Canadian economy is in its
      immigrant workforce. Every year Canadian government
      brings hundreds of thousands of new immigrants to
      Canada. These new immigrants choose Canada to be their
      home. They come from various countries under various
      immigration categories. This article discusses the
      issues and problems of Muslim immigrants who migrate
      to Canada under the independent professional category.
      This article does not talk about the refugees, the
      business investors, or other categories of

      During the immigration process most of the immigrants
      from Muslim countries were never informed about the
      real situation in Canada. The Muslim immigrants are
      highly trained and highly educated professionals, but
      when they come to Canada most of them find themselves
      betrayed and humiliated. Some of them go back to their
      own countries within a few months after loosing their
      savings. But most of them can not go back because of
      the long, expensive struggle they had just gone
      through for relocating in Canada. They would have
      consumed all their savings within the first few months
      while searching for jobs. They would have sold all the
      investments and properties in their own home
      countries. They cannot go back to their old jobs in
      their own home countries. They do not get any
      financial support from the government of Canada.

      In search of better opportunities, these Muslims come
      to Canada. Many recent immigrants from Pakistan,
      India, Egypt and other Muslim countries were working
      in Saudi Arabia and other Arab Gulf countries. They
      not only brought very strong work experience and
      higher education with them but they brought their life
      savings with them. They were encouraged and accepted
      by the Canadian government to make Canada their home.
      These Muslims were promised by the Canadian government
      not to be discriminated based upon their religion and
      colour as per the Human Rights Charter of Canada. In
      reality the situation is that the Canadian government
      failed to protect the rights of these minority
      migrants and is responsible for physical and mental
      torture of hundreds of Muslim families. After the 9/11
      tragedy every Muslim is seen as a suspect. There is a
      very little trust for Muslims. Just having a Muslim
      name is enough for discrimination regardless whether a
      person practices Islam,! or not. Even those Muslims
      who try to be secular and completely absorbed by the
      western values are finding out that even they are not
      immune from discrimination. After the 9/11 tragedy the
      Jobless rate among Muslims has risen very high.

      In a recent survey conducted by ISCC in the Greater
      Toronto Area (GTA) it was found that 75% percent of
      new Muslim immigrants could not find jobs in their
      professions since the last 12 to 24 months. They are
      unable to find any reasonable job. Even odd jobs are
      not available for Muslims. These new Muslim immigrants
      are professionals, engineers, geologists, computer
      programmers, medical doctors, bankers, accountants and
      business professionals, but most of them are working
      on daily wages as security guards, cleaning workers,
      at McDonalds, at KFCs, at Burger Kings, taxi drivers,
      etc. Whenever a lucky, highly qualified Muslim worker
      finds an odd job, the job does not last more than few
      weeks. These immigrants are purposely kept on
      probation for a period of time and then let go.
      Companies do not want to make them permanent in order
      to save benefit costs and higher salaries. This is
      called abuse under the cover of freedom.

      In the name of security the Muslims and the
      non-western minorities have been the targets of racism
      and discrimination. The discrimination against
      non-western people has increased many folds. A person
      from the Sikh community was murdered in USA because he
      apparently looked like a non-western. A Hindu temple
      in Hamilton, Ontario was burnt to ashes because the
      people who worshipped there did not look like main
      stream Canadians. Many mosques were attacked after
      9/11. Although things have apparently settled down,
      but hidden discrimination against Muslims and other
      visible minorities is on the rise. Hundreds of Muslims
      have been laid off from work. If a Muslim worker gets
      laid off from work it becomes an impossible task for
      him/her to find a new job.

      These new immigrants are not refugees. They came to
      Canada under the independent professional category.
      These highly qualified professionals were drained from
      the poor countries. The Canadian immigration policy
      serves two purposes. On one side it removes the best
      brain from poor Muslim countries and on the other side
      it keeps the best of Muslim brain away from learning
      and professional growth. Regardless how qualified
      these new immigrants are, they are denied jobs because
      "they do not have Canadian experience". Why does the
      Canadian immigration officer not inform the new
      migration applicants that they have to work as a taxi
      driver, security guard or at a fast food restaurant in
      Canada for an indefinite period and if they are lucky
      they may find a professional job later?

      For privacy reasons I cannot write the horror stories
      of Muslim immigrants in Canada. These young Muslim
      immigrants who had good jobs in Pakistan and other
      Muslim countries came to Canada because of western
      charm and now they are paying the price. Were these
      Muslims brought to Canada for humiliation and
      discrimination - a form of modern slavery? In fact,
      the Muslims in USA and Canada are constantly under
      verbal and mental torture. As the media campaign
      against Muslims is getting wider and wider in the
      United States and Canada the discrimination against
      Muslims is becoming popular. Many Muslims are fearful
      about their safety. They suspect that very soon the
      Muslims in USA and Canada will be treated the way
      Nazis treated Jews during World War II. A new
      Holocaust may emerge in North America very soon.
      People are already talking about concentration camps
      and the Holocaust of more than 10 million Muslims in
      North America. The TV Evangelists are routinely making
      sp! eeches to motivate people against Muslim minority
      of North America. Where is the Canadian government to
      stop it? I do not want to ask the US government
      because it will be useless.

      Recently, the verbal and mental abuse of Muslims has
      reached to another high level. As the Majority of
      Christians are emotionally attached with Jesus Christ,
      the Muslims are also very emotionally attached with
      Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him), more than their
      own parents and children. Any insult and ignorant
      remarks about Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) and
      Islam brings mental torture to Muslims. Muslims are
      going through this torture everyday. There is not a
      single day when an TV Evangelist or a reporter or an
      analyst or a columnist does not badmouth Islam,
      Muslims, Qur'an, and Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon
      him). Muslims are constantly abused through this
      mental torture. Just few weeks ago CBC televised an
      interview of Taslima Nasrin. This woman from
      Bangladesh not only used a very vulgar language about
      Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) on national
      television but she also broke all the Canadian ethic
      laws. National Post constantly writes and in! spires
      hate against Muslims? Several other newspapers and
      media reporters run stories on daily basis against
      Islam and Muslims. Where is the Canadian government to
      protect its minorities? Is this freedom of speech to
      abuse and mentally torture minorities?

      We wrote letters to the Prime Minister, politicians,
      and law enforcing agencies but it seems that no one
      cares. It looks like people are waiting for another
      Holocaust, but this time it will be in North America
      and the victims will be Muslims. There is still time
      to prevent this potential holocaust of Muslims.
      Canadian government must safeguard the rights of
      visible minorities. Discrimination and racism must not
      be tolerated at any cost. Badmouthing about religious
      figures like Jesus, Muhammad, Moses, etc.. (Peace be
      upon them) must be forbidden. The new immigrants must
      be helped in finding their professional jobs. Minority
      organizations like ISCC should be given a chance to
      start their own television programs, radio stations
      and newspapers.

      A prosperous society is a society where all the
      members of the society are prosper not just a few. May
      God keep Canada on the path of justice, peace and
      prosperity? Amen.

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