National Post

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

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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.

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