Since Friday, U.S. President Donald Trump’s executive order prohibiting the issuing of visas to seven Muslim-majority countries (approximately 134 million people) has produced an international uproar, with many citizens and world leaders speaking out against the announcement. However, the epicentre of backlash has come from the barring of refugees in America—specifically war-torn Syrian refugees. Below is a summary of Trump’s executive order:
Trump has also decreased the total number of world refugees the U.S. plans to accept in 2017 by 50%, down to 50,000 from the 110,000 set by former president Barack Obama.
- Vetting system
For a handful of countries, the admittance of Syrian refugees has been an ongoing process with Germany, Canada, and Jordan at the forefront of humanitarian efforts to resettle individuals and families fleeing the country’s six-year long civil conflict.
Since November 4th of 2015, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has personally welcomed 39,671 Syrian refugees to Canada, with over 350 communities helping with resettlement. To date, more than 17,000 refugee applications for Canadian resettlement remain pending in screening and processing stages.
According to Pew Research, the United States received approximately 12,500 Syrian refugees in 2016, earning a total of 3 million refugees admitted since the Refugee Act of 1980 was first instated. Trump’s decree on the future of U.S. immigration and refugee policy has quickly drawn attention not only throughout America, but the international community as well.
In response to Trump’s recent executive order, Trudeau viewed the administration’s move as a necessary call to action. On Saturday night, Trudeau tweeted the words: “To those fleeing persecution, terror & war, Canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith. Diversity is our strength #WelcomeToCanada.”
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