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The link (or lack thereof) between refugees and terrorism

By Phil Gurski      

The Islamic State and other nasties are not opting to use the refugee system in a calculated way to besiege us with suicide bombers. There is simply no data to support the belief that they are. This is not fake news: it is based on what we know rather than what we are convinced is true. We need our policies and laws to be drafted using real information, not conjecture.

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale, pictured in a Hill scrum. We need immigrants and we need new citizens to make our societies better. As long as we allow our protectors to do their jobs and keep the bad guys out we should have an open door policy. Canada, as a nation of immigrants, could certainly serve as a great example in this regard, writes Phil Gurski. The Hill Times file photograph

OTTAWA—Remember the refugee crisis of a few summers ago? We all were riveted by the pictures of hundreds of thousands of desperate Syrians, Iraqis and many others, risking their lives in overland journeys or even more perilous sea voyages, fleeing danger and violence in their homelands to start a new life in Europe. Some countries welcomed these people (Sweden, Germany) while others brutally rejected them (Hungary). One of the main arguments used to keep the door to ‘fortress

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