If numbers on the Immigration Department’s website are correct, January 11th will be the day that the 10,000th Syrian refugees arrives in Canada.
Three flights are scheduled to arrive in Montreal and Toronto tomorrow, and if the estimated numbers are correct, the final total by end of day will be 10,418.
This is nearly two weeks after the initial target date for that number. Originally, the newly elected Liberal government has vowed to bring 25,000 Syrian refugees by the end of 2015, but had to modiy that number.
Another 25,000 Syrian refugees expected by end of 2016
Immigration Minister John McCallum has said 25,000 Syrians should be in Canada by the end of February. He’s also committed to bringing another 10,000 government-assisted Syrian refugees by the end of 2016.
As of January 7th, just over 7,600 Syrian refugees had arrived in Canada, with the split between government-assisted and privately-sponsored nearly 50/50.
According to the flight data on the immigration website, by tomorrow afternoon, 2,747 Syrian refugees will have arrived in Canada in the last five days. One hundred of those refugees are confirmed to be destined for B.C., with the possibility of more once the numbers from tomorrow’s flights are confirmed.
A total of of 32 government-organized flights of Syrian refugees have arrived in Canada since November 4th.