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Ex-immigration minister Ron Atkey urges Canada to accept 50,000 Syrian migrants

Ex-immigration minister urges Canada to double intake of Syrian refugees

Ron Atkey, who served in Joe Clark’s government during the Vietnamese boat people crisis, is chair of Humanity Wins, a group advocating for re-settlement of Syrian refugees to Canada.

Syrian children listen to a teacher during a lesson in a temporary classroom in Suruc refugee camp on March 25, 2015 in Suruc, Turkey. The camp is the largest of its kind in Turkey with a population of around 35,000 Syrians who have fled the ongoing civil war in their country.

Syrian children listen to a teacher during a lesson in a temporary classroom in Suruc refugee camp on March 25, 2015 in Suruc, Turkey. The camp is the largest of its kind in Turkey with a population of around 35,000 Syrians who have fled the ongoing civil war in their country. March 25, 2015| Credit: Carl Court

In this Wednesday, April 29, 2015 photo, Syrian refugees shop at a supermarket, in Azraq refugee camp, Jordan. In Azraq, refugees are given the basics for su...

In this Wednesday, April 29, 2015 photo, Syrian refugees shop at a supermarket, in Azraq refugee camp, Jordan. In Azraq, refugees are given the basics for survival: sleeping mats, blankets, hygiene kits, containers for hauling water, gas cookers and solar lanters. Each refugee gets 20 Jordanian dinars ($28) a month for food they buy at a large supermarket, their only shopping choice. (AP Photo/Raad Adayleh)

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Ron Atkey believes the 25,000 Syrians Ottawa is promising to re-settle initially is a “noble objective” but he wants Canada to up the ante.

“If Canada can do another 25,000 — that would make a significant contribution in line with Canada’s contribution with the Vietnamese boat people in 1979 to 1980. It will demonstrate to the Americans that they have to do more. We’ll shame them into it, similarly the Australians,” says Atkey, who was immigration minister in the Joe Clark government in 1979 when 50,000 Vietnamese refugees were granted asylum in Canada. By the end of 1980, that number had risen to 60,000.

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