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42% of Canadians don’t want Syrian “refugees”

42% of Canadians want government to stop taking in refugees now: poll

Newly-arrived Syrian refugees meet sponsors and relatives at the Armenian Community Centre in Toronto on Wednesday, December 16, 2015.

Newly-arrived Syrian refugees meet sponsors and relatives at the Armenian Community Centre in Toronto on Wednesday, December 16, 2015.

Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press

More than 40 per cent of Canadians want the government to stop taking in Syrian refugees immediately, according to a new poll.

As the federal government’s self-imposed deadline of resettling some 25,000 Syrian refugees nears, 42 per cent of Canadians say the country should stop the intake immediately, according to a new poll from the Angus Reid Institute.

The Liberals vowed to reach theresettlement target by February 29, and as of Tuesday, 21,672 refugees have arrived in Canada.

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However, 29 per cent of the poll respondents said Canada should accept more refugees while another 29 per cent said the government should stop at its target of 25,000. According to the government’s website, Canada has already surpassed its target and has finalized applications for 26,233 refugees (4,561 have yet to travel).

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