Canada ready to welcome more Syrian refugees

The number of migrants applying for refugee status in Canada, after crossing the border from the United States, has been rising since the beginning of this year.

Photo by: Reuters Archive
Photo by: Reuters Archive

Refugees walk along railway tracks from the United States to enter Canada at Emerson, Manitoba, Canada February 26, 2017.

While the US administration has halted the Syrian refugee programme and some European countries are looking into ways of curbing the flow of refugees, Canada is letting more in.

Canada has already welcomed more than 40,000 Syrian refugees since 2015. Tens of thousands more are expected to arrive in the country this year.

But the government is swamped with applications. It has imposed a cap of 1,000 new applicants for private refugee sponsorship.

Under that program, community groups or a group of five Canadians can sponsor refugees from Iraq and Syria.

TRT World's Omar Al Saleh has more from Toronto.