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Canada to Take 10,000 Refugees by End of 2015 - Refugee Committee Chair

© AP Photo / Santi PalaciosA woman walks inside the Moria camp for migrants and refugees on the northeastern Greek island of Lesbos, Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015
A woman walks inside the Moria camp for migrants and refugees on the northeastern Greek island of Lesbos, Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015 - Sputnik International
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Canada will welcome 10,000 asylum seekers from Syria by the end of 2015, pushing the deadline to receiving the total of 25,000 refugees to the end of February, 2016, Canada’s Ad Hoc Cabinet Committee on Refugees Chair Jane Philpott said in a press conference.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Canadian Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Minister John McCallum explained that the delay in bringing the Syrian refugees to the country is caused by an intent to “do it right” and better prepare for the arrival of the asylum seekers.

“Of the 25,000 identified, by the end of this year, we aim for 10,000 refugees to be resettled in Canada by the end of December 2015,” Philpott said on Tuesday. “The remaining 15,000…they will be resettled to Canada in January and February of 2016.”

McCallum noted that the Canadian government intends to bring more state-sponsored Syrian refugees before the end of 2016.

“There may be many, many, many privately-sponsored refugees also coming [to Canada] in 2016,“ he added.

On Monday, local media reported that the Canadian government will allow only women, children and married men with families to enter the country as refugees by amid heightened security concerns.

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