REFUGEE PLAN: 10K BY YEAR'S END, 15K MORE BY END OF FEBRUARY

Nov 24, 2015

By Bob Komsic

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The Trudeau government will not be able to meet its December 31 deadline to resettle 25,000 Syrian refugees.

Refugees and migrants arrive on the Greek island of Lesbos on October 25, 2015 after they crossed the Aegean sea from Turkey.  At least three migrants -- two children and a woman -- drowned when their boat sank off the Greek island of Lesbos, the coastguard said, the latest fatalities in Europe's refugee crisis. Around a dozen others, mostly Afghans, are still missing after the rickety vessel, carrying 60 people, went down at dawn as it made the perilous crossing from Turkey, according to the Greek coastguard. AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINISARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images

The aim’s to bring 10,000 to Canada by year’s end, then complete the program in the first two months of the new year.
The group will be a mix of government-assisted as well as privately sponsored refugees, all of whom will be identified by the end of next month.
They’ll come from refugee camps in Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey.
Priority will be given to families, women at risk, members of sexual minorities and single men, only if they’re identified as members of an LGBT community or are with a family.
All screening will be done overseas.
Once that’s complete, refugees will be flown to Toronto and Montreal, largely on chartered flights.
The cost of the federal program’s estimated at $678-million over six years.
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