According to a new poll by the Angus Reid Institute, over 70 per cent of Canadians do not support the federal government’s decision to admit more than 25,000 Syrian refugees. The report adds that two in five respondents feel Canada should stop taking in refugees immediately.
Recently the government met its target of 25,000 Syrian refugees.
The Angus Reid Institute poll received responses from over 1,500 Canadians who are members of the Angus Reid Forum. Despite the wishes of a majority of Canadians, Immigration Minister John McCallum recently stated the Liberals would exceed the original commitment and settle between 35,000 and 50,000 Syrian refugees by the end of 2016.
A wave of racially motivated anti-refugee incidents has taken place across the country. A Calgary school was vandalized with the message “Syrians Go Home and Die”, while a group of Syrian refugees was pepper sprayed in Vancouver last month.
Despite the Liberals’ stated commitment for 2016, this is the first Angus Reid Institute poll that suggests a majority of Canadians do not support its continued refugee resettlement plan.
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