Canada to build special refugee camps

Canadian Government spokesman says special camps, houses will be prepared for refugees

Photo by: AP
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New Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government ready to accept Syrian refugees.

Updated Nov 21, 2015

A spokesman on Thursday confirmed future plans and investments by the Canadian government for refugees, especially Syrians.

"Temporary winterized lodgings for groups of 500 to 3,000 people by early December 2015 at sites to be confirmed,” he said. According to him, Canada is planning for the arrival of 25,000 Syrian refugees by the new year.

More than 700,000 refugees who fled conflict and poverty in the Middle East, Africa and Afghanistan have reached Europe so far this year, on their way to seeking safer places. More than 300,000 refugees managed to survive this dangerous journey; more than 230,000 of them landing in Greece and a further 110,000 in Italy. In 2014, at least 23,000 unaccompanied minors applied for asylum in Europe, and while estimates vary, aid agencies say as many as 7 percent of the 700,000 refugees who have applied for asylum in Europe this year are unaccompanied minors. 

Refugees struggle to get on a train from Gyor to Hegyeshalom in Hungary.

Canada does not have any refugee camps yet.  According to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), Canada’s army is preparing to construct some buildings including on-site energy, water, sewage and waste management systems.

"The Canadian Armed Forces is currently planning on providing interim lodging at bases in Quebec and Ontario as a priority," Dominique Tessier, from the Department of National Defence, told the CBC.

Security concerns have heightened after Paris terror attacks, although Canada and USA are still using identical vetting procedures for refugees. Some provincial and municipial leaders believe there will not be the necessary time for sufficent security checks.

A Syrian refugee girl walks during snowfall outside tents at a makeshift settlement in Bar Elias, in the Bekaa valley.

Some Canadian companies have expressed interest about the construction process. Sockeye Operations, one of the companies, said they could contruct temporary refugee camps in order to help government to save time.

"To set up 3,000 beds in a week in one location would be pretty chaotic. I'd be surprised if they went to camps that big in one location, but they might," Mike Naylor, vice president of operations at Sockeye told Reuters.

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