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90% of Young Americans Say They Would Welcome Refugees to the US

UK Department for International Development

During his presidential campaign, Donald Trump advocated for a more “extreme vetting” of refugees applying to enter the US. 

Within a week of taking office, President Trump signed an executive order, also called the “travel ban,” halting immigration from six Muslim-majority countries, including Syria and Somalia, which together with Afghanistan account for more than half of the world’s refugees, according to the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR).

But the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) 2017 Global Shapers Survey found that almost 90% of people in the US between the ages of 18 and 35 who participated in the survey would welcome refugees to their country, revealing a disparity between the current administration’s policies and sentiments among millennials in the US.

In fact, of the 15,990 US respondents, 40% said they would welcome refugees in their homes.

Recent elections pitting globalist against nationalist political platforms in countries like France, Italy, the UK, and the US reflect growth in the popularity of nationalist political tendencies. Yet 73% of young people globally would welcome refugees to their countries; 78% would welcome them to their neighborhoods, according to WEF’s survey.

Read more: Angela Merkel Says Opening Borders to Refugees Was The Right Thing To Do — Even If It Cost Her Some Votes

Only 3.5% believed their government should deport or expel refugees.

Over 31,000 people from more than 180 countries were surveyed, and about half said governments should find ways to integrate refugees into the workforce. Sixty-four percent of respondents from North America said they actually expected it.

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Despite the reported positive feelings toward refugees among young people in North America, particularly among young people in the US, substantially fewer refugees have entered the US since last October, according to the Pew Research Center.

Read more: This Is What It Actually Costs Countries to Accept Refugees

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