In the January 13, 2015 edition of the Catholic Register, Michael Swan wrote an article regarding the Government’s commitment to bring 13,000 refugees to Canada. Of the 13,000 there will be approximately 10,000 from Syria. The article states, “Ottawa committed to bring in 10,000 Syrians currently stuck in camps in Turkey, Jordan, Beirut, Iraq, Egypt and elsewhere over the next three years — 10 per cent of the 100,000 the United Nations High Commission for Refugees hopes to resettle. Along with the Jan. 7 announcement on Syrian refugees, the government announced it would take in a further 3,000 Iraqi refugees this year.”
Dr. Martin Mark expressed some concerns about this. Complicated application processes and long waits only undermine the enthusiasm and capacity of parish volunteers at the heart of refugee sponsorship, said Mark.
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