U.S. President Donald Trump’s recent executive order to ban citizens from seven countries entering the United States is leaving many refugees to wonder where they’ll have a safe future.
The answer is Canada.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau followed up Trump’s ban with a series of tweets to reiterate Canada’s open door policy to those fleeing persecution, terror and war.
To those fleeing persecution, terror & war, Canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith. Diversity is our strength #WelcomeToCanada
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) January 28, 2017
Many around the world applauded Trudeau’s statement, with his initial tweet racking up over 400,000 retweets and 700,000 likes.
Two weeks prior, Trudeau said “There are things we hold dear that the Americans haven’t prioritized,” in speaking about his view that immigration is a strength for the country.
In just over a year, Canada has taken in about 40,000 Syrian refugees, with another 40,000 expected to arrive this year. The United States, meanwhile, has accepted just 15,000. Under Trump’s executive order, that number will stay the same for the foreseeable future.