Toronto, Canada. Photo: iStock.
Toronto, Canada. Photo: iStock.

The tens of thousands of refugees who fled Vietnam in the 1970s and 80s began new lives in Canada have been comparatively successful, when compared to refugees who settled in other countries.

After the Vietnam war, migrant families were able to settle in Canada under a host family program. Local families were allowed to sponsor asylum-seeking families and had the refugees live with them for a specific amount of time, 71 Republic reported.

The family hosting program has been hailed for giving the 50,000 Vietnamese, or “boat people” as some were known, a grace period that allowed them to gradually adapt to Canada’s culture and lifestyle. After, many entered Canadian society to live and thrive on their own.

The refugees were able to adjust to a way of life rooted in tolerance and freedom, which was the opposite of the persecution that some said they endured in their homeland when the war ended in 1975.

However, Canada has handled the Syrian refugee crisis differently. Without local families hosting and helping refugees to adapt to Canadian society some of the more than 40,000 Syrian refugees the country has taken in have struggled to find jobs.

But a report from British Columbia in May said many had done language classes and nearly half had found jobs after two years in Canada.

And while some (11%) were depressed about the change, nearly all (96%) had said they wanted to remain in their new homeland.