Canada column for Sunday, Nov. 29/15
THE CANADIAN REPORT
(c) By Jim Fox
The family of a Syrian boy whose body washed up on a Turkish beach will be “fast-tracked” among the 25,000 refugees being resettled in Canada.
Relatives confirmed the family of Alan Kurdi, 3, who drowned when a boat packed with refugees sank, has been accepted by Canada.
The country will admit 10,000 refugees by year’s end, with the remaining 15,000 by Feb. 28 under a revised commitment to ensure proper security and health screening.
The first group making the trip will be made up largely of privately sponsored refugees fleeing the Syrian civil war.
Immigration Minister John McCallum said priority will be given for government-sponsored newcomers to families, women at risk, members of sexual minorities and single men identified as gay, bisexual or transgender or part of a family.
They will arrive in Toronto or Montreal and be resettled in 36 cities across Canada.
So far this year 3,100 Syrian refugees have arrived under previous government commitments.
Canada is also giving $100 million to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, making almost $1 billion the government has spent in response to the Syrian crisis.