Sep 20, 2015
By Bob Sheppard
It will be easier for Syrian refugees to come to Canada after the federal government announced Saturday that it’s streamlining the process.
Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander says Syrians who are fleeing that country’s long and violent civil war will no longer have to prove they are convention refugees under the United Nations Refugee Agency.
For the purpose of vetting their applications, Canadian authorities will now presume them to be refugees, a move designed to speed up the process.
Alexander says it’s being done in order to issue thousands more visas by the end of this year.
As well, a special co-ordinator willl be appointed to handle the Syrian and Iraqi refugee file, with more than double the number of staff currently handling sponsorship applications.
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