No pause on bringing Syrian refugees to Halifax: ISANS

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WATCH ABOVE: Unbeknownst to the Nova Scotia government and the local immigrant services association, Ottawa may have put a hold on refugee resettlement for a few days. Marieke Walsh reports – Jan 20, 2016

Halifax is still accepting dozens of government sponsored Syrian refugees despite the federal government saying the opposite.

Forty-six more Syrian refugees are expected to land in Halifax Thursday, and another fifty are expected to arrive over the weekend, Gerry Mills, director of operations at the Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia, said Wednesday.

READ MORE: Confusion surrounds whether Halifax has asked for pause in refugee flow

The clarification follows a statement from Citizenship and Immigration that four cities, including Halifax, had asked the federal government to delay the arrival of refugees for a few days.

Confusion around how many refugees are coming to Nova Scotia and when they are landing might have contributed to the miscommunication, says Mills. At one point she says ISANS asked for a group of refugees to come a day later but that was not a request for a pause in the flow of refugees to Halifax.

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“Its such a fluid situation and maybe, you know, our request for a day later please meant a pause in others eyes,” she said.

Nova Scotia’s department of immigration says its confirmed with federal counterparts that Halifax is still accepting refugees.

Spokesperson Kelly Bennett says the department asked Citizenship and Immigration Canada to issue a clarification. At time of publishing none was issued and the federal department had not replied to Global News requests for information.

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