"When we talk about what it means to be a Canadian, it means to be welcoming to the entire world."
Why Canada is more welcoming to refugees than the U.S. — as told by Canadians.
"That's what Canada's all about, you know, accepting people that need a place to be. And what kind of country would we be if we didn't accept refugees? It wouldn't be Canada, I kinda feel like."
"People have better understanding of different communities. I think that lacks in American government, and also diversity in American government lacks, as well. … Here, we embrace change."
Canada has taken in more than 27,000 Syrians. The U.S. has had trouble welcoming 10,000.
"I think it's instilled from childhood that we're taught to be very accepting. … It's not about being accepting of gays or accepting of homosexuals; it's about being accepting of everybody. And I think Syrian immigrants fit largely into that."
"For some reason, Canadians just tend to be more welcoming. I mean, that's just a fact."
"You have all of these people coming together — unifies the nation on one great cause that's leading to great change."
"They're just people, right? They're people that were stuck in a bad situation in Syria, and now we should … as human beings, we should help them."
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