Pri­vately spon­sored Syr­ian num­bers un­clear

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CANADA -

OTTAWA — Via pub nights, crowd fund­ing web­sites, church sup­pers and craft bazaars, thou­sands of Cana­di­ans are cur­rently try­ing to raise money to spon­sor a Syr­ian refugee. But just how many pri­vately spon­sored refugees Canada will take in re­mains an open ques­tion. The on­go­ing Lib­eral refugee re­set­tle­ment pro­gram aims to bring 25,000 Syr­i­ans to Canada by the end of next month, with orig­i­nal plans for about 10,000 of them to be pri­vately spon­sored. But newly re­leased govern­ment in­for­ma­tion shows that by the middle of De­cem­ber, the govern­ment didn’t even have that many pri­vate ap­pli­ca­tions in hand.

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