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98% of Syrian refugees now in permanent housing: McCallum

Federal Immigration Minister John McCallum speaks to reporters at a news conference, Wednesday, March 16, 2016 in Montreal.
Federal Immigration Minister John McCallum speaks to reporters at a news conference, Wednesday, March 16, 2016 in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

OTTAWA – Immigration Minister John McCallum says 98 per cent of government-sponsored Syrian refugees have now found permanent housing.

The minister is telling a Commons committee that the remaining two per cent should be housed by mid-June.

He says the government plans to bring in 25,000 government-sponsored refugees from Syria this year and is well on its way to that goal.

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That’s on top of the 25,000 brought in by the end of February in a mix of sponsorships.

McCallum says 17,300 of this year’s 25,000 government-sponsored refugees have already arrived and the remainder will be here by the end of December.

He says challenges remain in the fields of language training and jobs, but resettlement efforts are proceeding.

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