Republicans may as well save their breath with all their anti-refugee talk, because according to a new poll, scant few Syrians actually want to resettle in the United States.
With over four million Syrians having fled their country since 2011, Gallup conducted a survey asking Syrians which countries they would most like to relocate to—countries in Europe proved to be the overwhelming favorite, with 39 percent of Syrians wishing to resettle there. The Middle East and North Africa came in second, with 35 percent, while North America came in dead last: a meager six percent of Syrians want to move here.
46 percent of Syrians would leave Syria if they could, indicating the widespread nature of the alarming conflict and destabilization the country is experiencing.
The percentage concerning North America is in interesting contrast to general migrant perception of the United States; according to Gallup, its surveys since 2007 have consistently determined that “the U.S. is the top desired destination for potential migrants worldwide and that Northern America (which includes the U.S. and Canada) is the most desired region.”
The fact that the desires of Syrian refugees are antithetical to this data could suggest that the process of coming to the U.S. for a refugee is too difficult (considering the intensive vetting process), or that the U.S. has made itself seem unfavorable to Syrians. Either way, good news for those 30 governors who have made it abundantly clear that refugees are unwelcome in their states.
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