N.B. government commits $50,000 to Syrian refugee effort

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FREDERICTON – New Brunswick is joining other provinces in offering help for Syrian refugees.

Premier Brian Gallant says the province is donating $50,000 to a United Nations fund. Stephen McNeil’s government will also donate $50,000 to the Syrian refugee effort.

In its 2015 update, the UNHCR said it needs $362.5 million USD to deal with the humanitarian crisis in Syria.

Since 2010, New Brunswick has helped 33 Syrian refugees settle in the province.

Gallant says the province is willing to help the federal government in any way, and he wants to make it clear that the province’s doors are open to accept refugees.

Nova Scotia, Ontario and Manitoba have also announced assistance.

On Thursday, Nova Scotia Deputy Premier Diana Whalen said the province has told the federal government it wants to accept more refugees. Since January 1, 2014 Nova Scotia has received 20 Syrian refugees.

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With files from Global’s Marieke Walsh and The Canadian Press

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