In Brampton and Mississauga, the minister met local members of parliament and stakeholders and discussed issues related to immigration. Top of the agenda is speeding up the process of family class immigration. Link To Article
OTTAWA—The Liberals are committing to finding new ways to get Syrian refugees to Canada and into other countries as the United Nations seeks nearly half a million spaces for Syrians by the end of 2018.
“Indeed, it is the highest number of projected immigrant admissions put forth by the Government of Canada in modern times,” he said.
“We have to re-engineer our whole department in terms of the processes we follow”
“We want to reform our own economic immigrant processes,” added Immigration Minister John McCallum.
The new federal government promised to bring 25,000 Syrian refugees to Canada’s much safer shores by the end of next month. The target for the end of 2016 is double that. John McCallum, minister of immigration, refugees and citizenship, joins The Agenda for an update on settlement efforts
Among the problems — finding them. As of mid-October, there were only about 8,400 cases in the immigration department’s inventory, 6,540 of then privately sponsored, 1,761 government-assisted.
“The contrast between Justin Trudeau personally welcoming refugees from the first flight versus the statements of Donald Trump could not be more stark,” McCallum said in response to a question. “And I think one reason why our attitude on refugees has been so picked up around the world is this sharp contrast.”
McCallum did add that the Obama administration is “strongly supportive” of Canada’s efforts to resettle 25,000 Syrian refugees by the end of February.
“At a personal level, my biggest challenge is to communicate effectively with Canadians and to keep Canadians onside with this project,” federal Immigration Minister John McCallum said during a question and answer session.