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Report: Canada to welcome Syrian families, exercise caution with men

Published: Tuesday, November 24, 2015 @ 8:59 AM
Updated: Tuesday, November 24, 2015 @ 10:55 AM
By: Rick Couri - KRMG - Tulsa

Canada's response to the worldwide debate regarding plans to allow Syrian refugees to enter the country is unique. 

>>Related: How Syrian refugees are vetted in the United States

The country plans to allow women, children and families to seek refuge, but men seeking refuge alone will only be allowed to enter Canada after undergoing a more intense vetting process. 

CBC News reports that Canada is currently processing 100 Syrian refugees per day, and they expect that number to rise.

The nation expects close to 1,000 refugees from Syria, Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon to flood across their borders in the coming weeks.

But the New Democratic Party leader, Tom Mulcair, doesn't agree with the plan.

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“While security concerns remain of vital importance, will a young man who lost both parents be excluded from the refugee program?” Mulcair asked in his statement. Will a gay man who is escaping persecution be excluded? Will a widower who is fleeing Daesh after having seen his family killed be excluded? This is not the Canadian way.”

As many as 900 refugees are expected to travel to Canada from Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon each day. 

The National Post reports Canada promised to take in 25,000 refugees by the end of the year.

In Canada the vetting process for refugees differs from the United States. Read more about the U.S. process here.