Vancouver’s mayor says Canada should stay the course and aim to welcome 25,000 Syrian refugees as planned by the end of the year.
Gregor Robertson agrees security screening processes need to be thorough.
“I’m sure the federal government is very mindful of Canadians’ concerns around that, that there will be very thorough process around screening. That’s their duty and I know they take it seriously.”
Robertson is heading to Ottawa to meet with cabinet ministers so Vancouver can help prepare for an influx of Syrian refugees.
But it’s still unclear exactly what the city’s role will be in helping settle the new arrivals. Asked what resources specifically the city would contribute, they mayor had this to say:
“We have been working with all the local settlement service stakeholders for several months now, preparing. We have a lot of people mobilized right now, a lot of people helping.”
But back in September, Robertson pledged $4.1-million to assist with arriving refugees.
— Van Mayor’s Office (@VanMayorsOffice) September 7, 2015
Most of the 3,000 refugees coming to B.C. are expected to resettle in the Lower Mainland.
Vancouver itself is expecting to take around 300 of those.