An immigration expert says Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is very good at “virtue signaling” but has failed to keep track of the tens of thousands of Syrian refugees that he has brought into the country.
Douglas Murray, author of “The Strange Death of Europe” told “Fox & Friends” Friday that the Trudeau government is stonewalling reporters who are asking for a status update on the Syrian refugees, who starting entering Canada shortly after Trudeau became prime minister in 2015.
“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.
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.”