Mil­i­tary bases prepped for refugees

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CANADA - THE CANA­DIAN PRESS

Refugee agen­cies are rac­ing to ready hous­ing for thou­sands of Syr­ian refugees ex­pected in the com­ing weeks.

The fo­cus of the Lib­eral govern­ment’s pro­gram is shift­ing from bring­ing over refugees with pri­vate spon­sors to those be­ing as­sisted by the govern­ment alone.

That’s cre­at­ing an ur­gent de­mand for tem­po­rary homes and the Red Cross says they’re now work­ing with the mil­i­tary to set up lodg­ing on bases be­gin­ning next week.

The agency says they’re pre­par­ing space for up to 4,000 peo­ple in the re­main­ing weeks of the tar­geted re­set­tle­ment pro­gram, though the govern­ment would not con­firm those num­bers.

The Lib­er­als are aim­ing to re­set­tle 25,000 Syr­i­ans by the end of Fe­bru­ary, with about 15,000 of them to be govern­ment-as­sisted.

As of Jan­uary 6, just un­der 7,000 Syr­i­ans in to­tal had ar­rived in Canada.

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