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Canada aims to double Syrian refugee intake next year

Published 21/12/2015 | 08:18

Canadian Minister of Immigration John McCallum, center, talks to a Syrian family soon to be flown from an airport in Amman, Jordan to live in Canada, Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015. McCallum said the countrys resettlement program for Syrian refugees could double by the end of 2016.
Canadian Minister of Immigration John McCallum, center, talks to a Syrian family soon to be flown from an airport in Amman, Jordan to live in Canada, Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015. McCallum said the countrys resettlement program for Syrian refugees could double by the end of 2016.
Canadian Minister of Immigration John McCallum, right, speaks with a Syrian family inside their tent, during his visit to a refugee camp in the southern town of Ghaziyeh, near the port city of Sidon, Lebanon, Friday, Dec. 18, 2015. McCallum is on a one-day visit to Lebanon after which he will fly to Jordan, also hosting to hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees

Canada's resettlement programme for Syrian refugees could double its intake by the end of next year to 50,000, the country's immigration and citizenship minister has said.

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Canada's new Liberal government is pushing forward with its pledge to resettle 25,000 Syrians by the end of February.

Canadian Minister of Immigration John McCallum, right, speaks with a Syrian family inside their tent, during his visit to a refugee camp in the southern town of Ghaziyeh, near the port city of Sidon, Lebanon, Friday, Dec. 18, 2015. McCallum is on a one-day visit to Lebanon after which he will fly to Jordan, also hosting to hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees
Canadian Minister of Immigration John McCallum, right, speaks with a Syrian family inside their tent, during his visit to a refugee camp in the southern town of Ghaziyeh, near the port city of Sidon, Lebanon, Friday, Dec. 18, 2015. McCallum is on a one-day visit to Lebanon after which he will fly to Jordan, also hosting to hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees

John McCallum, who was in the Jordanian capital Amman, meeting Syrian families preparing to board flights to Canada, told one family: "Everyone in Canada is waiting to meet you."

Mr McCallum says Canada hopes to settle 35,000 to 50,000 Syrian refugees by the end of 2016, with the United Nations refugee agency, the Jordanian government and the International Organisation for Migration helping with the vetting process.

During his two-day stop in Jordan, Mr McCallum visited development projects and refugee centres.

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