This week the Prime Minister of Canada welcomed Malala into his country. His invitation extended later on when he gave her honorary Canadian citizenship. Malala is from Pakistan and has endured many trials in her short life. She is a strong advocate for education rights for all women and her journey has even landed her a Nobel Peace Prize. This article is a great example of how welcoming countries should be to outsiders. Many immigrants around the world have so much to offer the countries they’re in, they just need someone to give them a chance.
It’s been almost three months since President Donald Trump has been elected into office. One of his very first actions upon being newly elected was signing an executive order for constructing a wall between the U.S. and Mexico: “Trump’s order also seeks to hire 10,000 additional immigration officers, build more detention centers and prioritize immigrants for deportation.” With these new immigration policies, immigrants worry now more than ever about the possibility of deportation.
During the elections, many of us joked around about packing up our stuff and moving to Canada; I know I surely made that joke several times. Canada’s Prime Minister took to twitter to inform everyone that there is a place for everyone in Canada and tweeting the hashtag #WelcomeToCanada.
CBC News reporter, Graeme Gordon, believes that Trudeau should stop telling desperate refugees that everyone is welcome in Canada. Gordon says that Trudeau is not only spreading falsehoods but also enticing people to pack everything and move to Canada with automatic residency: “Trudeau should really stop virtue signaling about how welcoming a country Canada is to newcomers.”
Regardless of any country, an immigration process is something that needs to be taken very seriously. This means that extensive research ought to be done before making a thoughtful decision like relocating to Canada. Trudeau isn’t directly telling people to migrate to Canada but he is encouraging that Canada may be a safe haven to those avoiding oppression. I personally find it very reassuring and comforting knowing that Trudeau is reassuring the public. Trudeau chooses to celebrate diversity rather than persecuting a particular race or religion: “Diversity is our strength.” I applaud the Prime Minister of Canada for his choice of words. During these difficult times for immigrants, it’s a welcoming feeling knowing that there is a potential place for refuge.