Canada to Resettle 1,300 Syrian Refugees

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Between 2013 and the end of 2014, Canada has made a commitment to resettle up to 1,300 Syrian refugees. Due to the crisis in Syria, the Government of Canada is deeply concerned, and as such, was ready to respond immediately to those identified by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) as being most in need of urgent protection.

In response to the UNHCR’s appeal for Canada to resettle a limited number of extremely vulnerable, urgent cases, Canada will resettle 200 extremely vulnerable Syrian refugees through the Government-Assisted Refugees Program in 2013 and 2014.

In addition, Canada has been working with Sponsorship Agreement Holders and has committed to accepting up to 1,100 Syrian refugees in 2014 through the Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program.

Canada has also committed to resettling up to 5,000 refugees out of Turkey by 2018, mainly Iraqis and Iranians. These efforts will ease the burden on the region, freeing up resources for the current influx of Syrians seeking relief.

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