Canada expected to announce changes in Syrian refugee program to protect citizens

Source: CBC News

The Trudeau government is expected to announce Tuesday that “unaccompanied men” will not be allowed into Canada under its Syrian refugee program — only women, children and families may apply.

The reason for this move is growing security concerns, according to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. At least one of the terrorists involved in the November 13 Paris attack was reportedly a Syrian refugee.

CBC News reported:

In the last six weeks alone, Canadian authorities have managed to screen about 100 people a day in Lebanon to help the government reach its ambitious of target of getting 25,000 Syrian refugees here by the end of the year.

These are on top of the refugees being processed by the United Nations Refugee Agency.

The government has so far been mum about both the kind of security screening it is doing and whether it will be limited to refugee camps overseas, or whether some of it will take place in Canada.


As many as 900 refugees, including those from Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon, are expected to arrive in Canada each day, with most of the refugees will be placed in military bases.

Last week, Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall wrote Prime Minister Justin Trudeau a letter expressing his concerns about the Syrian and Iraqi refugees, and called for a suspension of immigration.

“I understand that the overwhelming majority of refugees are fleeing violence and bloodshed and pose no threat to anyone,” wrote Wall, according to an earlier CBC report.

“However, if even a small number of individuals who wish to do harm to our country are able to enter Canada as a result of a rushed refugee resettlement process, the results could be devastating.”

Watch the report, via CBC News.


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