25,000 Syrians in 100 days highlights the best of Canadian immigration

December 11, 2020

By CIC News |

The 5-year anniversary of Canada’s Syrian refugee effort reminds us of what the country’s immigration system and people are capable of.

Yesterday marked the 5-year anniversary of the arrival of the first flight of Syrian refugees to Canada under Canada’s 2015-16 Syrian refugee operation.

In November 2015, Canada began an ambitious effort to welcome 25,000 Syrian refugees within just a few months. The initiative was largely supported by the Canadian public, as it was an election issue the prior month when Canadians went to the polls in October 2015.

Justin Trudeau campaigned on a promise to welcome 25,000 Syrians by the end of the year. The shocking image of three-year old Syrian refugee Alan Kurdi’s lifeless body washing to shore had a profound impact on the Canadian public. The main question wasn’t whether Canada should go ahead with Operation Syria, but rather, if Trudeau’s deadline would be achievable.

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