A LONG JOURNEY TO A NEW HOME
The first of a wave of 10,000 Syrian refugees expected to arrive in Canada before year’s end touched down Thursday evening at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport. The government has committed to bringing 25,000 people by the end of February. Here’s a
HOW MANY ARE THERE?
Almost 4.4 million people are registered as refugees from the Syrian conflict. Most are living in neighbouring Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey, while others ended up in the Caucasus, the Persian Gulf, North Africa and Europe. O cials are limiting applicants to cases earmarked by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the agency largely responsible for referring refugees to Canada for resettlement. After last month’s Paris shootings, political pressure to guarantee national security means all screening will be conducted overseas, except for routine Canada Border Services Agency screening on arrival and a final medical clearance.