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Canada aims to double intake of Syrian refugees to 50,000

Radi poses for a photo with his son and wife, who names are omitted for security reasons, while waiting in an airport in Amman, Jordan, to board a plane to Canada, Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015. AP Photo/Sam McNeil

AMMAN, Jordan – Canada’s minister of immigration and citizenship says the country’s resettlement program for Syrian refugees could double its intake by the end of next year to 50,000.

John McCallum was in the Jordanian capital of Amman on Sunday, meeting with Syrian families preparing to board flights to Canada. He told one family: “Everyone in Canada is waiting to meet you.”

Canada’s new Liberal government is pushing forward with its pledge to resettle 25,000 Syrian refugees by the end of February. McCallum says Canada hopes to settle 35,000 to 50,000 Syrian refugees by the end of 2016, with the UN refugee agency, the Jordanian government and the International Organization for Migration assisting with the vetting process.

McCallum told several of his provincial counterparts earlier this month that Canada hoped to bring in more refugees later in 2016.

McCallum also toured development projects and refugee facilities during his two-day stop in Jordan.

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