A presentation by Paul Clarke outlining the challenges faced by refugee claimants and sponsored refugees arriving in Canada. He will share some statistics and discuss how one small not-for-profit accompanies refugeed people after their arrival in the Montreal area. As well, he will note some of the effects of a change in the climate of acceptance in Quebec.
In February 2013, Paul became executive director of Action Réfugiés Montréal after retiring from a 33-year career in banking. He seized the opportunity to work at Action Réfugiés Montréal, which has been a chance to fulfill a long-held dream to work towards social justice. Since 2015, Paul has been regularly interviewed by media outlets in French and in English on topics related to refugee rights. Paul and his colleagues are regularly invited to speak in university classes and conferences.