How citizens feel: Canadians are generally supportive of pro-immigration attitudes. In January of last year, Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau tweeted: “To those fleeing persecution, terror & war, Canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith. Diversity is our strength #WelcomeToCanada,” signaling that the country would accept additional refugees and immigrants.
What the government's doing: In November of 2017, the Canadian government announced that it would accept 1 million immigrants over a three year period. Most of the new spots for immigrants (60 percent) will be reserved for economic migrants, families reuniting with relatives who now live in Canada, and refugees, according to CBC news.
Many of the refugees already arriving in Canada are Haitians entering Canada from the United States now Trump has ended their TPS. Al Jazeera reported that “thousands” of mostly Haitian immigrants already crossed the US-Canadian border hoping to be granted asylum in 2017.
But Canada has also come under scrutiny from Human Rights Watch for detaining immigrant children, sometimes for long periods of time. According to a 2016 report from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law’s International Human Rights program, an estimated 242 immigrant and refugee children were held in Canadian detention centers that are often similar to medium-security prisons between 2010 and 2014; some of the children were toddlers.
So, what's the score?: Even in spite of a mixed reputation, US News & World Report ranked Canada number two in its analysis of the best countries for immigrants.
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