Day: January 19, 2015

Additional 10,000 Syrian refugees to be offered asylum by Canadian government

On January 7, 2015 Stephanie Levitz wrote an article published in the Winnipeg Free Press regarding the announcement by the Government to accept 10,000 refugees from Syria. She points out the communities are willing and able to take in those seeking shelter from the brutal violence in Syria, but changes are needed to the asylum program, refugee groups and opposition politicians say. The UNHCR welcomed the announcement as “in keeping with Canada’s strong humanitarian tradition to offer resettlement to refugees worldwide.”

The NDP’s Paul Dewar said he’s glad the government’s made the promise, but isn’t convinced they’ll fill it. “This was an announcement. We want to see an action plan to realize the actual pronouncement of the government,” he said. “We do this not only because we can, but because it is right and just,” Alexander said in a statement.

You can read the full article by clicking here.

Canada vows to accept 13,000 more refugees from Syria and Iraq

Steven Chase wrote an article in the Globe and Mail published on January 7, 2015. In the article he says that Canada is opening its doors wider for refugees fleeing a Middle East civil war and the Islamic State’s reign of terror, announcing it will accept another 10,000 Syrians over three years and 3,000 more Iraqis in 2015. He notes that this decision is expected to strain the capacity of private sponsors. The Harper government says the priority for refugees will be persecuted groups, specifically religious minorities – which would include Christians – sexual minorities and victims of rape. This has prompted concern among some refugee advocates that Muslims, a majority in the region, would get short shrift in selection.

Mr. Alexander said the 10,000 new Syrian refugees will be resettled in Canada through both government and private-organization sponsorship. He said he expects roughly 60 per cent will be supported by private sponsors such as church groups and 40 per cent through government arrangements. Refugee sponsor groups said it will be a huge task to help 6,000, or 60 per cent of Syrian refugees, settle in Canada over 36 months. Martin Mark, the refugee sponsorship co-ordinator for the Catholic archdiocese in Toronto, said he believes Canadian private sponsors can absorb 6,000 Syrians over three years if they sit down and carefully plan among themselves.

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Helping to Protect the World’s Most Vulnerable

January 7, 2015 – Toronto , Ontario – Christian Paradis, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, and Chris Alexander, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, today announced increased support for conflict-affected Syrians and Iraqis. Minister Paradis announced additional humanitarian assistance to respond to the immediate needs of those displaced in the region, and Minister Alexander announced that Canada will welcome an additional 10,000 Syrian refugees and 3,000 Iraqi refugees.

Today’s commitment of 10,000 additional Syrian refugees will mean Canada is fulfilling 10 percent of the latest appeal from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to resettle 100,000 Syrian refugees worldwide. Syrian refugees will be resettled in Canada over the next three years, while the additional Iraqi refugees are expected to arrive by the end of 2015.

You can read the full press release from the Government website by clicking here.