The majority of Canadians support government efforts to help Rohingya refugees fleeing violence and persecution in Myanmar, but the country is divided over how to handle asylum seekers illegally entering from the United States, a new Nanos Research survey conducted for CTV News suggests.
(AhlulBayt News Agency) - More than 60 percent of Canadians support the acceptance of the Rohingya refugees, the recent survey said.
When asked how welcoming the Canadian government should be to asylum seekers crossing into the country from the U.S., almost half of respondents, or 43 per cent, said “less welcoming.”
That response was followed by “continue its current approach” at 36 per cent, “more welcoming” at 14 per cent and “unsure” at six per cent.
Rohingya, a Muslim minority in Myanmar, have been fleeing their homes to avoid waves of violence following the government's deployment of police and military units in response to an August 25 attack by Rohingya insurgents on security posts in the western Myanmar state of Rakhine.
The Nanos Research survey conducted for CTV News said Saturday that 37 percent of respondents support and 25 percent "somewhat support" acceptance of refugees.
The poll added that 18 percent of Canadians oppose the initiative, while 14 percent more "somewhat oppose" it.
The poll was conducted among 1,000 adult Canadians on May 30-June 3 and has a margin of error of +/-3.1 percentage points.