Canada’s Justin Trudeau is eager to bring Syrian refugees to the country. He’d pledged to bring 25,000 in by the end of this month, but here’s the problem: Syrians are not interested. Only a little over 6% of refugees who were invited to move to Canada agreed to consider the offer. Canada is too far, they say.
So here is my question. If refugees are so reluctant to go to Canada, a country with quite a strong welfare state and a strong Muslim community that’s enormously influential, then why would they want to go to the US, a country with next to no welfare state and no influential Muslim community from their region?
We’ve had so many discussions of Syrian refugees but has anybody bothered to ask if they want to come here?