More refugees than Trudeau likely imagined took him up on the offer. In yesterday’s Vancouver Sun, however, there was an interesting piece claiming that Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, formerly just the Immigration Department, hadn’t followed up in two years with any information on the estimated 50,000 Syrian refugees in the country.
After more than two weeks of inquiries by Postmedia, a Trudeau government media relations officer acknowledged the department has not produced any report in almost two years on the approximately 50,000 Syrian refugees now in Canada.
“In 2016, only 10 percent of government-assisted refugees from Syria were in any kind of employment in Canada. Two years later…reporters have not been able to find out any information about what has happened to these people,” Murray said.
Daily Caller reports: Murray notes that Trudeau has allowed at least 50,000 Syrian refugees into Canada “but he seems not to have kept track of them,” while now he “wants to cover over the consequences of that decision.”
He warns that this kind of immigration policy can be extremely short-sighted: “Just opening up your country to migration on this scale is something that affects your country for generations. It doesn’t go away in the 24-hour news cycle.”
Murray spoke of the “security dimension to this” as Europe has had to grapple with terrorist threats as a result of migrants. But he said the “more obvious problem” is that it makes no financial sense to bring Syrian refugees to Canada. Referring to a study that examined the cost of bringing Syrian migrants to Sweden, Murray said it was “100 times more cost inefficient” than having neighboring countries open their borders to refugees.
He suggested the Canadian government probably hasn’t considered that factor but said it should assess “how much more it costs to bring a refugee to Canada than it does to look after refugees in the areas around Syria.”