Nov 12, 2015
By Jane Brown
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his cabinet ministers meet today to consider a plan to bring in 25,000 Syrian refugees by year’s end.
Details about how the new government intends to make good on Trudeau’s campaign pledge have been closely guarded since a special cabinet committee agreed on a strategy this week. The Liberals remain adamant they intend to meet the target.
Immigration Minister John McCallum said earlier this week, all options on execution are up for consideration.
“As we speak, we are working on transport, air transport, possibly transport by sea. We are working on the process for selecting the refugees for exit permits for these refugees,” McCallum explained.
Even after the refugees arrive, advocates have warned they will need long term support from both government and non-government organizations.
A new report by seven aid agencies warns that the international community must agree to a bold new deal for Syria’s refugees if it’s serious about tackling the largest humanitarian crisis since World War II.
The report says the new deal must provide more investment in Syria’s neighbours, which host more than four million refugees and an end to restrictions that prevent refugees from working and in some cases living legally in these countries.
It also calls for rich countries to provide a safe resettlement option for at least 10 percent of refugees who are most in need.