Canada’s Syrian refugee plan will be limited to women, children and families from now on after increased security concerns about single males.
Citing anonymous sources, CBC News reports that the terror attacks in Paris Nov. 13 have led the government to rethink its policy. Canada is working toward getting 25,000 Syrian refugees admitted by the end of the year and is screening applicants at a rate of 100 per day to meet the quota. The announcement of the revisions are expected to take place Tuesday.
The government has been silent about what the security screening process looks like and whether it takes place at camps in Europe or in Canada.
Settling refugees from Syria and Iraq was one of the main points on newly-elected Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s platform during the race this fall. Trudeau slammed conservative leaders for bringing up security concerns during a humanitarian crisis but seems to given in.
“The fact that (Conservative Leader Stephen Harper) has been talking about security as an impediment to doing this is quite frankly a distraction from a lack of political will to get it done,” Trudeau said in September while presenting his plan to arrange flights for the refugees.
Trudeau will meet with provincial and territorial premiers Monday in Ottawa to discuss the resettlement process.
The Canadian Press estimates the cost of airlifting and resettling refugees to be $656.15 million this year alone. The total cost of the six-year resettlement program will be around $900 million.
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