Students Told Not to Refer To New Student Refugees as “Refugees”


School staff were told to listen in on students’ conversations about the Syrian refugees in their school, and not allow the students to refer to them as “refugees”.    They should be referred to as “newcomers” instead, to make them feel welcome.

This is the 4th installment of a 4-part investigation by Canadian news outlet, The Rebel, into the massive problems one school in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada is having with the huge influx of Syrian refugee students.  

The school had turned over 2,700 pages of emails outlining the challenges of trying to integrate students from a foreign culture into the school system – it is not working.   Syrian students (some young men) are wreaking havoc in the classrooms.  They don’t speak English, aren’t trying to learn, and face no consequences for misbehavior.  An email from one teacher admits they were totally unprepared for what they’ve had to deal with:

“We have been operating in an environment where there were no supports in place provided to us prior to the arrival of the Syrian newcomers our high school, beyond the initial family interview and a language screener. We are living in a province where there are no official ESL (EAL) courses for high school, no alternate programming for war-affected youth, no personnel that have designated roles, like translator-interpreters, for example to help us settle youth down, make them feel at ease and help them navigate a whole new set of cultural and social norms.”

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