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    Canada is unlikely to see a chain of sexual assaults similar to the attacks allegedly committed by refugees in the German city of Cologne on New Year ’s Eve, Canadian Immigration Minister John McCallum said on Wednesday.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Canada is unlikely to see a chain of sexual assaults similar to the attacks allegedly committed by refugees in the German city of Cologne on New Year ’s Eve, Canadian Immigration Minister John McCallum said on Wednesday.

    "We are obviously monitoring very closely what is happening in Germany and elsewhere," McCallum stated. "We don’t take anything for granted, but we think it is unlikely that there would be a repeat of that German situation."

    On New Year's Eve, hundreds of women in Cologne were robbed and sexually assaulted by groups of aggressive men, believed to be mostly of Arab and North African origin.

    McCallum explained that Germany has millions of people crossing its border, while all the asylum seekers resettled to Canada have been vetted and arrived to the country with their families.

    In late November 2015, Canada’s Ad Hoc Cabinet Committee on Refugees Chair Jane Philpott announced that the country would welcome 25,000 refugees by the end of February, 2016.

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