I’ll tell you how a Syrian refugee family has managed. Of course, immigrants are not the same as refugees.They (mother, father, two children and a toddler) arrived with the clothing they were wearing and another layer of clothes over that. They had a duffle bag of baby change things and letters in English from a doctor in the refugee camp describing the father’s medical condition. They were picked up at the airport and placed in the care of a Mennonite group that was sponsoring this family. They read the letter and arranged a meeting with a heart specialist two days later.Five days after arriving, he had heart surgery in a different city without knowing a word of English. He just let them do it. That’s how much he wanted to live.He had been a cook in a restaurant owned by him and his brother. Military Police came, dragged him off to jail without charges. He escaped jail and was hit by a car on a road in the dark (hit and run). There were pieces of the car embedded in his chest. His dominant arm was broken in six places.They walked to a refugee camp in Lebanon: injured dad, mother with a 3-day old baby from a C-section, and two small children that neither could carry. The doctor at the refugee camp could not fix any of this. The man was stitched up and the arm was taped to a board and he received antibiotics. He waited like this for two years until Canada agreed to take him and his family.The first surgery in Canada was to remove metal embedded in his heart and to explore the site. He had two more heart surgeries before his arm was reconstructed in three more surgeries. He was 29.Refugees are given basic support for one year, a temporary apartment, and they must attend English as a Second Language classes (or French where applicable), where free daycare is provided. They must reach level four before they can apply for jobs. This takes a year. Children go directly into ESL schools where there is staff trained in all this stuff.Men and women attend classes together. They make friends. They learn where to get stuff cheap. They learn about winter and how to cope. The classes deal with cultural issues as well as literacy.The job applications are filled out and practice interviews are done in anticipation of that level four. By now, they are thinking and speaking in English well enough to work.This man got the first job he applied for. It was in a factory that makes car parts. He was put into a team of six with two other recent immigrants and one Arabic speaking person. The team practices English as it relates to the job and safety. The factory is owned by an immigrant. We are all immigrants here.So the guy has had six surgeries, has been to English school, gotten a drivers license (there is one office and driving school In this city that provides instruction and exams in other languages, including Arabic, and he has a full-time job doing shiftwork. His heart is doing fine. He wants a better apartment and his year is up, so he also drives for Uber.In one year of support, he has done all this. He was screened by Canada and deemed to be a good risk. He is a family man who works all the time and plans to send his children, including the two girls, to university.So, about the money part of this: for one year of welfare and educational support, plus the surgeries in this case, we get a man well motivated to work and pay taxes. His children will be safe, and educated and they will pay taxes.They were ordinary people in Syria (the mom was a hairdresser), and they will be average Canadians soon. Their children speak Arabic, English, and are tackling French in school.This is the way it is supposed to be. Big payout from a minimum investment.If you are a follow-the-money kind of person, this kind of return is guaranteed and impressive.This was just one family.There are whole streets of people who sponsor a family. There are community centres that sponsor a family.Immigrants arrive with resources. Refugees arrive traumatized with nothing. The investment and payoff works for us.Immigrants arrive with education and their own funding and equal access to education in which to enter the workforce, competing with other people. Usually they need minimum wage jobs until they have upgraded their skills in order to be able to apply for better jobs in their field.Edit. I saw the father yesterday. He can afford to rent a house now because he drives for Uber full time. I asked why. He said the bone in his leg causes him such pain that he can’t walk for more than a couple of minutes. He says it must be broken. It was from the time he got hit by the car in the night. He never mentioned it before. I asked why. He said it had SIX surgeries on his heart and arm. He cannot ask for more, so he doesn’t. This is why he drives for a living. So I’ll leave this a bit, and try to get him to agree to x-rays to see if there is a fix.