Canada aims to double Syrian refugee intake in 2016

Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship John McCallum visited Amman on Sunday, meeting with Syrian families preparing to board flights to Canada.

While in the Jordanian capital, McCallum said that by the end of 2016, the Canadian government hopes to resettle 35,000 to 50,000 refugees, with the help of the UN refugee agency, the Jordanian government and the International Organization for Migration.

The announcement follows a pledge by the new Liberal government to resettle 25,000 Syrian refugees by the end of February.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau welcomed the first flight of privately sponsored Syrian refugees which arrived in Toronto on December 10.

1,186 refugees have arrived in Canada since November 4.