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While the world is shutting itself from refugees and migrants and wondering how to curb their inflow or even kick them out, Canada has adopted a different approach: it not only welcomes foreigners, but it does it eagerly.

Right-wing populism, xenophobia, encapsulation - that is how we could briefly describe the dominant dynamics around the world in 2016. Trump won the US election largely on the promise to build That Wall. A slight majority of the Britons decided their country should leave the EU, one of their chief arguments being the need for enhanced border control. Various right-wing parties across Europe are on the rise, aiming to stop the migration influx.

The only exception seems to be Canada. The new liberal prime minister Justin Trudeau won the 2015 election, promising not fewer but more migrants, including from Syria. His conservative rival Stephen Harper used the election campaign to flame up anti-Muslim sentiment - and lost. Now we can see Trudeau personally welcoming Syrian refugees at the airport and hand-shaking with them.


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