Looks like Canada might have trouble meeting its promise to accept 25,000 Syrian refugees. But this time, it has nothing to do with an unrealistic deadline, lack of resources, or unwelcoming public.
The refugees don’t want to come here!
The National Post reports HERE that Canadian government officials have revealed that there aren’t a lot of homeless Syrians interested in coming to the Great White North.
The United Nations sent over 41,000 text messages to refugee applicants to gauge their willingness in coming to Canada. A follow-up by the UN discovered that only 28,000 of the phone numbers they contacted earlier actually worked.
Of the numbers that worked, only 3,049 agreed to meet with officials for an interview.
And out of those individuals, only 1,801 showed interest in making the trip to Canada. That’s only 5% of the original 41,000 that were contacted!
What, was it something we said???
Some do believe that the public outcry over the last few months condemning the federal government’s decision to accept thousands of Syrians, and the multiple attacks on Muslims that occurred just a few weeks ago following the Paris attacks has frightened away applicants.
Others think that Canada’s climate is a turn-off, as is our lukewarm economic situation.
A senior United Nations official working on the refugee file suggests that the above facts do not indicate that Syrian refugees are not interested in accepting Canada’s help.
Why do you think so few are willing to make the 9,000 km trek from war-torn Syria to the safety of Canada?