Canada on track to welcome 25,000 Syrian refugees, says ambassador

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January 4, 2016

Syrian refugees wait to register at the office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees in Amman, Jordan, Dec. 11. More than 1,000 Syrian refugees in Jordan were interviewed for a potential chance to go to Canada. (CNS photo/Muhammad Hamed, Reuters) See CANADA-SYRIA-REFUGEES Jan. 4, 2016.

Syrian refugees wait to register at the office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees in Amman, Jordan, Dec. 11. More than 1,000 Syrian refugees in Jordan were interviewed for a potential chance to go to Canada. (CNS photo/Muhammad Hamed, Reuters)

AMMAN, Jordan (CNS) — As a cautious world rang in the New Year with concerns over terrorism and security, Catholics in Canada were continuing to welcome Syrian refugees to their newly adopted homeland.

The Canadian target of accepting 25,000 Syrian refugees by late February “is well in hand, and we should meet it with no problem,” Bruno Saccomani, Canadian ambassador to Jordan, told Catholic News Service Dec. 30. “That includes privately sponsored and government-sponsored Syrian refugees.”

Martin Mark, who directs the Office for Refugees in the Archdiocese of Toronto, told Catholic News Service in early January, “Even in the night, we received new people and also new notices from Amman, the Jordanian capital, that we will be getting around 300 people.”

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