During the Federal Election, the Liberals and Justin Trudeau promised that they would bring 25,000 refugees fleeing from the conflict against ISIS in Syria and Iraq to Canada before the end of 2015. Although the Liberal government made immediate and significant strides to start bringing people here once they were in office, it quickly became a much bigger prospect than it looked on the campaign trail. The government amended their year end goal by rounding down to 10,000 refugees, so how close did they get? John McCallum, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, has an answer.
Per the government’s own Citizenship and Immigration Canada website, McCallum announced that the government got three-fifths of the way there, and that’s not bad!
“I’m proud of the hard work that has been done quickly to resettle as many Syrian refugees as possible to Canada. We have processed more than 10,000 Syrian refugees, and 6,064 will have arrived. We will continue to work hard to bring in the remainder to Canada as quickly as possible. We also met our commitment to identify all 25,000 Syrian refugees to come to Canada as part of the #WelcomeRefugees initiative.”
The government now aims to bring 25,000 refugees to Canada by the end of February.