The governments of Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey are all jockeying to be the main source of the 25,000 Syrian refugees to be selected for Canada’s new resettlement program. Close to four million Syrians are currently living in UN refugee camps, informal settlements, on the streets and in crowded apartments in those three countries, straining the resources of each. But Michelle Cameron, Canada’s ambassador to Lebanon, said the eventual breakdown of how many refugees are selected from each of the countries will depend on one thing — who needs resettlement most.

Pour être en mesure d’offrir aux réfugiés syriens plus qu’un simple « sourire », Ottawa rajuste le tir quant à la date d’arrivée et le type de parrainage des quelques 25 000 personnes qu’il compte accueillir. Ainsi, seulement 10 000 réfugiés arriveront avant la fin de l’année. Les 15 000 supplémentaires devraient pouvoir s’établir en sol canadien d’ici la fin du mois de février 2016.


The federal government will include gay men among the Syrian refugees it brings into Canada as part of a plan that puts the focus on accepting women, children and families. The Citizen has learned that while the Liberal government, because of potential security concerns, will not accept lone males — at least during the first wave of migrants — this approach will come with an important caveat. The government is sensitive to the fact that gay men escaping violence in the region could be persecuted, so they will be permitted to come to Canada.

The government will resettle only about 10,000 Syrian refugees by the end of the year, or less than half the 25,000 promised by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during the election campaign. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship officials revealed the shortfall on Tuesday, as they presented the government’s plan for bringing the Syrian refugees to Canada. The entire 25,000 won’t arrive in Canada until the end of February, the officials said. The effort will cost as much as $678 million over six years.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the terror attacks in Paris raised some questions in the minds of Canadians about the Liberal promise to resettle 25,000 Syrian refugees and the government wanted to ensure it was being “done right.”

A teenage refugee from South Sudan is suing the British Columbia government alleging the Children’s Ministry is responsible for him enduring solitary confinement for four months. The youth, known in court documents as K.C., filed a civil claim in B.C. Supreme Court this week alleging his rights were infringed during imprisonment at the Burnaby Youth Detention Centre.

Somewhere right now, in a refugee camp in Amman or a rental apartment in Beirut or on a street in Istanbul, sits a Syrian hoping to be among the 25,000 people resettled to Canada, possibly by the end of the year. United Nations staff working with the Canadian government to figure out who will be on the planes or ships dispatched to the region in the coming weeks say they are trying to keep expectations realistic.

Le gouvernement libéral s’apprête à finaliser son plan de match pour accueillir 25 000 réfugiés syriens d’ici la fin de l’année. Le ministre de l’Immigration fera ses recommandations au Conseil des ministres jeudi, lequel pourrait alors trancher à l’issue de cette rencontre. Mais déjà, les fonctionnaires dépêchés au Moyen-Orient ont reçu près de 10 000 demandes d’asile, a révélé John McCallum.

Le ministre de l’Immigration, des Réfugiés et de la Citoyenneté, John McCallum, reconnaît que le temps presse pour le gouvernement, qui a promis d’accueillir 25 000 réfugiés syriens au Canada d’ici le 31 décembre. Ils devront travailler sur plusieurs fronts afin de parvenir à attacher les nombreuses ficelles de ce plan complexe, de la sélection des milliers de déplacés jusqu’à leur accueil au Canada, en passant par les questions logistiques reliées au transport.

The federal government is considering using ships and commercial and military aircraft to transport 25,000 Syrian refugees to Canada by the end of December, it was revealed Monday.


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