WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – The Canadian government expects all government-sponsored Syrian refugees to be in permanent housing by mid-June, McCallum added.
"Securing permanent housing for Syrian refugees remains a key priority. As of today, 98 percent of government-assisted Syrian refugees have moved into permanent housing," McCallum stated during a meeting of the Parliament’s Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration.
Moreover, the government has allocated more than $38.6 million ($30 million US dollars) in additional funding for 2016 and 2017 for resettlement services that help Syrian refugees integrate into Canadian society, McCallum explained.
At a United Nations conference in March, McCallum pledged to expand resettlement programs in Canada and assistant other countries in accommodating asylum-seekers from Syria.
Canada has already exceeded its pledge to resettle 25,000 Syrian refugees in 2016, and anticipates resettling about 8,500 more by 2017, according to the country’s Immigration Ministry.