Canadians divided on granting entry to asylum seekers from U.S., [Nanos] poll finds

Somewhat surprised that public opinion is so divided, given that concern over “queue jumping” and irregular arrivals tends to mean less confidence in Canada’s ability to manage immigration:

More than 12,000 asylum seekers have crossed into Canada at a single unofficial crossing point along the Quebec-United States border this year, surpassing the province’s expectations for all of 2017.

The numbers come as a new survey shows that Canadians are equally divided over whether the country should welcome asylum seekers from the United States or close its borders to them. A Nanos poll found that more than one-third of Canadians – 37 per cent – say Canada should welcome asylum seekers from the United States, while the same percentage of respondents think Canada should close its borders; 26 per cent were unsure.

“There’s very few times that Canadians are so evenly divided on an issue,” pollster Nik Nanos said.

“This is a recipe for a continued and prolonged debate about what to do when people show up at the Canadian border and ask for asylum.”

Source: Canadians divided on granting entry to asylum seekers from U.S., poll finds – The Globe and Mail

About Andrew
Andrew blogs and tweets public policy issues, particularly the relationship between the political and bureaucratic levels, citizenship and multiculturalism. His latest book, Policy Arrogance or Innocent Bias, recounts his experience as a senior public servant in this area.

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