Last Updated on January 24, 2019
The Liberal government is considering using military bases to temporarily house some of the 25,000 Syrian refugees they promised to bring to Canada by the end 2015.
The Syrian refugee crisis, the largest mass displacement of refugees since the Second World War, became a major factor in the recent federal election. The former Conservative government was under intense pressure to bring in more people fleeing the Assad regime and the so-called Islamic State.
The Liberals are considering bringing in as many as 6,000 refugees per week and according to the new Immigration and Refugees Minister John McCallum, there may be the possibility of using Canadian Armed Forces bases to house the refugees.
The Liberals have pledged to increase funding for refugee processing and resettlement by $200 million over 2015 and 2016, as well as an additional $100 million to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to support relief efforts.