Canada aims to dou­ble in­take of Syr­ian refugees to 50,000, im­mi­gra­tion chief says in Jor­dan

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Am­man, Jor­dan: Canada’s min­is­ter of im­mi­gra­tion and cit­i­zen­ship says the coun­try’s re­set­tle­ment pro­gram for Syr­ian refugees could dou­ble its in­take by the end of next year to 50,000. John McCal­lum was in the Jor­da­nian cap­i­tal of Am­man on Sun­day, meet­ing with Syr­ian fam­i­lies preparing to board flights to Canada. He told one fam­ily: “Ev­ery­one in Canada is wait­ing to meet you.’’ Canada’s new Lib­eral gov­ern­ment is push­ing for­ward with its pledge to re­set­tle 25,000 Syr­ian refugees by the end of Fe­bru­ary. McCal­lum says Canada hopes to set­tle 35,000 to 50,000 Syr­ian refugees by the end of 2016, with the UN refugee agency, the Jor­da­nian gov­ern­ment and the In­ter­na­tional Or­ga­ni­za­tion for Mi­gra­tion as­sist­ing with the vet­ting process.

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