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    IOM Starts Processing Syrian Refugees in Lebanon for Resettlement in Canada

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    The International Organization for Migration (IOM) and its partners began to resettle Syrian refugees from Lebanon to Canada, IOM announced Friday.

    UNITED NATIONS (Sputnik) — The move comes as part of Canada’s efforts to offer new homes to 25,000 Syrian refugees currently residing in Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey.

    "Over 50 IOM staff members are currently engaged in the Canadian resettlement process in Beirut. We plan to further expand our capacity once the first refugees have been cleared for departure and travel arrangements need to be made," IOM Chief of Mission in Lebanon Fawzi Al Zioud said in a statement.

    According to the IOM press release, the resettlement is expected to continue over the next three months.

    "Registration began this week at a newly established Operations Center in Beirut, where refugees are processed as the first step towards their eventual resettlement in Canada," the press release specified.

    The first 10,000 refugees are expected to arrive in Canada by the end of December, while another 15,000 people are due to be resettled to the country in the beginning of 2016.

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