Americans are so outraged at a plan to allow Syrian refugees in their country that they're planning to move to Canada.
But they really didn't think this one through.
Some Twitter users down south are deeply displeased with U.S. President Barack Obama's plan to admit around 10,000 refugees from Syria throughout the next year. So they're packing their bags and moving to the Great White North.
The problem is, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau plans on bringing in 25,000 refugees by Jan. 1, 2016 — 15,000 more than are those headed to the United States.
Some Americans clearly didn't get the memo.
If our country allows in Syrian refugees, I'm moving to Canada
— Mung (@mmalkoskie) November 18, 2015
And they were openly mocked for it.
Some Americans are tweeting that if refugees get let in, they're moving to Canada.
Uh…who wants to tell them?
— Kristi Colleen (@KristiColleen) November 18, 2015
A debate over Syrian refugees has persisted around the world after the terrorist attacks in Paris that killed 129 people.
But actual links between the two issues haven't been firmly established.
A Syrian passport was found at the Stade de France after a man blew himself up there in a suicide bombing on Friday. But officials have said the document was a fake, The Washington Post reported.
The incident has nevertheless ignited a debate over whether countries should admit Syrian refugees.
French President Francois Hollande said his country will still welcome them despite the attacks.
Obama has also affirmed that the terrorism in Paris wouldn't stop him from accepting people fleeing the Syrian war.
Some American citizens, however, disagree with their leader — and they could be bitterly disappointed if they end up in Canada.
so our governor wants to bring Syrian refugees over to oahu ? were probably gonna get blown up by ISIS, looks like I'm moving to Canada ✌
— Devan Pogue (@devankinilau) November 18, 2015
WITH ALL THIS ISIS BULLSHIT AND THEM WANTING TO TARGET AMERICA ALONG WITH THE INCOMING REFUGEES, FUCK THIS COUNTRY, I'M MOVING TO CANADA
— Dean's Nugget ❤ (@chicagopunker31) November 17, 2015
If the president is really letting 10,000 "refugees" who all want to kill us into our country I'm moving to Canada no joke this is bs
— Aspen (@AspenSawyer) November 17, 2015
Moving to Canada if Minnesota lets the refugees in.
— Chris Vanneste (@chrisridebikes) November 17, 2015
However, many in Canada aren't happy with Trudeau's plan either.
A survey by the Angus Reid institute found that more than half of respondents (54 per cent) were opposed to the idea, while 42 per cent support it, The National Post reported.
At least one Canadian social media user wants to do the inverse of the American plan:
25,000 Syrian refugees coming to Canada!!!!!!! FUCK THAT I'm moving to the states and buying 20 guns, like really Trudeau, what drugs u on!!
— Alex Matus (@AwMatus) November 17, 2015
Others found fodder for mockery and derision:
*US gay marriage*
Conservatives: I'm moving to Canada!
Conservatives: I'm moving to Canada!
Canada: lol u dont even kno
— Wabi-sabi (@Shower_Capy) November 18, 2015
literally just saw a post on facebook saying if Syrians come to USA that they're moving to Canada......the hypocrisy is real
— Nikki (@taquitomom) November 17, 2015
This sums it all up very nicely:
Canada is legalizing pot and being smart enough to allow Syrian refugees into their country. Yeah we're moving @amccune10.
— Lauren (@lalalaurencrear) November 18, 2015
So perhaps we won't see a wave of Americans after all.
Also on HuffPost:
More than 10 million Syrians have been forced out of their homes due to the conflict, becoming either “internally displaced” or fleeing altogether, according to Amnesty International.
The UNHCR’s latest figures show the crisis is getting worse. More than 7.6m Syrians have been displaced within the country by the conflict, fleeing to safer areas.
By December 2014, 3.8 million Syrians had fled the country altogether. They sought refuge in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt. A sizeable proportion then make the perilous journey to Europe. These numbers may well have increased since the last count, given the advance of Isis and the continued battle between rebel groups and pro-government forces.
The Gulf Cooperation Council's oil-rich states of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates accept very few refugees and asylum seekers from Syria. Since 2011, the UNHCR has supported 63 Syrians with asylum applications in the countries – but just 33 were accepted, despite the UN's support. Amnesty International has called Gulf states’ contribution “shocking”, the states themselves say they are providing thousands of visitor visas for Syrians, but also protecting against the threat of Islamist extremist attacks.
Full Fact reports that Britain has granted asylum to just under 5,000 Syrians in the initial decision made on their applications since 2011. In addition, 216 Syrian refugees have been resettled in the UK. Resettlement includes transferring refugees from Syria to the UK – whilst a person has to be in a country to claim asylum there.
Aside from Germany, the other 27 EU nations have pledged just 6,305 places to Syrians to resettle, last year. That’s 0.17% of the number of refugees that have fled Syria. While EU nations are likely to significantly increase the number of resettlement places this year – Germany still takes a lion’s share of those seeking refuge.
Amnesty International says that – by June 2015 – only 2.2% of Syrian refugees have been offered places to resettle by the international community. That’s less than 90,000. And money is short too. “The UN’s humanitarian appeal for Syrian refugees was only 23% funded as of the 3 June,” it wrote.
In 1951, 145 nations ratified the Refugee Convention governing the treatment of those fleeing persecution. Yet just a fraction of these have offered to help so far.