CCR congratulates the government on resettling 25,000 Syrian refugees

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CCR congratulates the government on resettling 25,000 Syrian refugees


29 February 2016

The Canadian Council for Refugees congratulates the Government of Canada on the arrival of the 25,000th Syrian refugee.

“The Government made a commitment to bring 25,000 Syrian refugees by the end of February and they have achieved their goal,” said Loly Rico, President. “The fulfilment of this commitment gives us confidence that 25,000 Government Assisted Syrian refugees will arrive by the end of 2016, as also promised by the Government.”

Canada is regaining its leadership role in global resettlement through its response to Syrian refugees.

This is a truly Canadian effort in which all levels of government (federal, provincial, territorial and municipal), civil society and individual Canadians have contributed. Many of those welcoming refugees are former refugees; many others are responding to refugees for the first time.

We applaud the government for creating a welcoming spirit and recognizing the contributions that refugees are bringing to Canada.

The CCR thanks all those who are playing a part in opening Canada’s doors to refugees: government officials, private sponsors, settlement organizations, citizens, newcomer communities, faith communities and many others.

We look forward to maintaining this Canadian effort in order to protect and offer a home to refugees from around the world in the years to come.

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Janet Dench, Executive Director, 514-277-7223, 514-602-2098 (cell),
Loly Rico, President, 416-399-5106 (cell)