Canada announces plan to resettle 25,000 refugees

Canadian prime minister announces details of how he intends to resettle 25,000 Syrian refugees

Photo by: AFP (Archive)
Photo by: AFP (Archive)

Migrants and refugees wait to enter a registration camp after crossing the Greek-Macedonian border near Gevgelija on November 20, 2015.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will announce his schedule on Tuesday to resettle 25,000 Syrian refugees and he says all 10 of Canada's provincial premiers back up the settlement plan.

“Everyone agrees that Canada must do more and must welcome 25,000 refugees,” Trudeau said after meeting them late Monday and added that strong security screening continues to be a high priority.

The plan includes the details of how the refugees will be brought over and where they will be housed.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau hasn’t backed down from a pledge to allow 25,000 Syrian refugees to Canada by December 31 although there were pushbacks after the deadly attacks in Paris.

Canada’s announcement is expected to raise awareness in the US where many Republican governors have opposed the idea of allowing Syrian refugees to their states while Quebec Premier Phillipe Couillard cited helping refugees through providing them housing is part of Canadian tradition.

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne also said, “There was no one sitting at the table that is not interested in seeing refugees come.”

The Conservative Premier of Saskatchewan Province Brad Wall said he has problems with the deadline of December 31 for security reasons, however supports the idea that Canada should welcome the refugees.

Former Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who was a Conservative and lost the October 19 election to Trudeau, had rejected the resettlement of more Syrian refugees, despite the haunting image of a drowned three-year-old Syrian kid whose family applied to Canada for asylum but was rejected.

Canada has long prided for opening its doors to asylum seekers in its history that include airlifting more than 5,000 people from Kosovo in the late 1990s, more than 5,000 from Uganda in 1972 and resettled 60,000 Vietnamese in 1979-80.

The total number of asylum seekers that settled in Canada is more than 1.2 million since World War II.

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