Canada column for Sunday, Dec. 27/15
THE CANADIAN REPORT
(c) By Jim Fox
The Canadian government will meet its commitment to process 10,000 Syrian refugees for entry to Canada but they won’t all be here by year’s end.
Immigration Minister John McCallum said he now can’t guarantee the Liberal government will be able to meet its goal of bringing in that number by Dec. 31.
They will be “verified” by that date but not all will have arrived, he said, as the government remains committed to resettle 25,000 refugees by the end of February.
Among the factors making the earlier goal unrealistic in such a short period since the government was elected in October are circumstances including poor flying weather.
McCallum told reporters that hundreds of Canadian government representatives are working all out to process the refugees coming from Lebanon and Jordan.
As of Dec. 21, almost 2,000 refugees have arrived and flights are continuing through the holidays, he said.
To assist with cities and organizations helping to resettle the newcomers, McCallum announced the federal government would allocate another $15 million.