It’s fallen short of its new target of bringing 10,000 refugees to Canada by year’s end, but Immigration Minister John McCallum says the Federal Government will reach that goal by the middle of January.
He says 10,700 applications will be processed by the end of the day on New Year’s Eve, making that goal easier.
25,000 should arrive in Canada by the end of February.
To date, McCallum says a little more than 6,000 government-sponsored refugees have settled in Canada.
McCallum is giving two reasons for the failure to meet the target.
One: some refugees find it difficult to leave at a moment’s notice.
And second, the Canadian bureaucracy has never processed this many applications in such a short period of time.