McCallum said factors such as weather and the time needed byrefugees to prepare for their departures meant he could notguarantee the government’s earlier pledge. He said a planeloadof refugees was due to arrive in Montreal later on Wednesday.
Canada’s recently elected Liberal government campaigned on apromise to accept 25,000 refugees by the end of the year, but itpushed its deadline back to February after the deadly Novemberattacks in Paris, saying it would bring in 10,000 by year-end.
McCallum said he was confident the 25,000 refugees would bein Canada before the end of February. (Reporting by Leah Schnurr; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama and PaulSimao)
OTTAWA Dec 23 The Canadian government still hasa target of accepting 10,000 Syrian refugees by the end of theyear, Immigration Minister John McCallum said on Wednesday,though he conceded the full number may not arrive in the countryby that time.