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Bringing Syrian migrants into Canada makes John McCallum feel “patriotic”

Provincial support exceeds Canada’s Syrian refugee target: immigration minister

‘I have never felt so patriotic as a Canadian as I am today,’ John McCallum says

CBC News Posted: Nov 20, 2015 6:41 PM ET Last Updated: Nov 22, 2015 1:50 PM ET

Premiers across the country have indicated how many Syrian refugees their provinces will commit to taking in, and the total exceeds the federal government’s goal of 25,000, Immigration Minister John McCallum said Friday.

In Ontario alone, the goal is to welcome 10,000 Syrians by the end of 2016.

“A commitment doesn’t mean those people’s feet on Canadian soil, but it’s an immensely good start to have such enthusiasm, not only in words, but in numbers,” McCallum said.

The minister was speaking at an event in Toronto hosted by Humanity First, an international humanitarian relief organization, where he was joined by other speakers with expertise in the topic of refugee resettlement. All proceeds from the event will go toward assisting with the resettlement of Syrian refugees in Canada.

The immigration minister met recently arrived Syrian refugees on Friday, including Mahir Dalar, who said through an interpreter that he and his family survived bombings carried out by both the Syrian government and other groups. (CBC)

McCallum did not provide any details about the government’s resettlement plan, which the Liberals have promised to release in full on Tuesday. He would only say that Canada will bring refugees here quickly, and make sure to get the program right.

“We will give every possible consideration to concerns based on security,” he said.

McCallum also expressed how proud he is to be involved in the Syrian refugee file.


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