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Hello, this is Michael Niren, an immigration lawyer and founder of visaplace.com. So here’s an update on the Syrian refugee crisis. Obviously the concerns have been heightened due to the terrorist attack in Paris this week – a horrific attack. The concern is that at least one of the terrorist was a holder of a Syrian passport. Now whether or not the influx of Syrian refugees will include some potential terrorists remains to be seen. But the demographics of this group is concerning. Many or at least the majority has been reported to be male, young male. Obviously they’re from a terrorist-producing country.
Without the ability to pre-screen thousands and thousands of refugee claimants, governments, I believe, put their citizens at risk in admitting these refugees. There has to be some ability to pre-screen and it doesn’t seem like there is.
Not all refugees are the same. From other countries, it’s very clear that these are genuine refugees who are fleeing prosecution and they potentially can be admitted to Canada and United States to seek a safe haven. The other thing that should be noted is that a lot of these refugees are out of harms way anyway. They are stationed in refugee camps and that’s the most important thing. They are not in the middle of a war. They are out of harms way. The question really becomes, “should they be admitted if they are not able to be properly screened?” and it appears that based on the information that we have, the governments are certainly not able to do so especially given the numbers that they’ve committed for these refugees.
So anyway, we’ll keep you posted on any further developments and it’s obviously a security and a health concern.
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