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Anti-Immigrant Sentiment: Syrian Newcomers and Propaganda Campaign

anti-immigrant sentiment: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau chats to the Nai Syrian Children's Choir made up of young Syrian newcomers after they performed at the House of Commons in December 2016, according to Toronto Star. Adam Scotti / Handout Photo But at least one critic is already slamming it as a propaganda campaign. Amid the rise of anti-immigrant sentiment in Canada and abroad, Ottawa is hoping its new online initiative can spark a constructive conversation on immigration that is based on facts and personal stories. Through Immigration Matters, launched in November, the immigration department is inviting the public to submit and share immigrant success stories in their communities, and is posting these accounts some with links to media stories and others provided by immigrant settlement agencies on the campaign website and social media outlets. People can also order Immigration Matters buttons or business cards for use at local events to promote immigration. The campaign includes a toolkit to help people find and spread positive immigrant stories with key messages to highlight newcomer contributions. ( As reported in the news.