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Canada aims to double Syrian refugee intake in 2016

Published 21/12/2015

Immigration minister John McCallum, second from right, talks to a Syrian family leaving Jordan to live in Canada (AP)
Immigration minister John McCallum, second from right, talks to a Syrian family leaving Jordan to live in Canada (AP)

Canada's resettlement programme for Syrian refugees could double its intake by the end of next year to 50,000, the country's immigration and citizenship minister has said.

Canada's new Liberal government is pushing forward with its pledge to resettle 25,000 Syrians by the end of February.

John McCallum, who was in the Jordanian capital Amman, meeting Syrian families preparing to board flights to Canada, told one family: "Everyone in Canada is waiting to meet you."

Mr McCallum says Canada hopes to settle 35,000 to 50,000 Syrian refugees by the end of 2016, with the United Nations refugee agency, the Jordanian government and the International Organisation for Migration helping with the vetting process.

During his two-day stop in Jordan, Mr McCallum visited development projects and refugee centres.

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