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Welcome 25,000 Syrian refugees by the end of 2015.

News September 20, 2015
Feb 2016

25,000th Syrian refugee lands in Canada

CBC News February 27, 2016

A plane touched down in Montreal on Saturday night carrying the 25,000th Syrian refugee to arrive in Canada since November.

The Liberals had initially promised to reach the goal by the end of 2015, but that was pushed to the end of February once they took power.

Of the 25,000 who have now arrived, more than half will have their costs covered by the government in their first year, with the rest supported by private groups or a mix of the two.

The objective to welcome 25,000 Syrian refugees was officially achieved on February 27, 2016 (two months later than what was originally planned during the election campaign).

Nov 2015

Liberals won't meet deadline to bring 25,000 Syrian refugees to Canada by year's end

CBC News November 24, 2015

The Liberal government is extending its deadline to bring 25,000 Syrian refugees to Canada by two months, setting the end of February 2016 as a new target date.

While unveiling details of the massive resettlement program today, the government said it will identify all 25,000 selected refugees by Dec. 31, 2015, but only 10,000 will arrive by year's end.

Nov 2015

Syrian refugee crisis: Canada strikes committee to fast track resettlement

CBC News November 09, 2015

Canada's minister of immigration, refugees and citizenship says cabinet will form a subcommittee to co-ordinate government efforts to bring thousands of Syrian refugees to this country.

The minister reaffirmed the government's ambitious commitment to resettle 25,000 Syrian refugees in Canada through government sponsorship by the end of the year. Even more refugees could be accepted through private sponsorships.

Oct 2015

Trudeau wants 25,000 more Syrian refugees in Canada by Jan. 1. Not realistic, say advocates

Global News October 29, 2015

During the election, Liberal leader Justin Trudeau promised that his government would bring 25,000 Syrian refugees to Canada by the end of 2015.

But it's a tall order, say refugee advocates. Though they applaud the idea of vastly increasing Canada's intake of Syrian refugees, they wonder if the timeline is a bit too tight.