Canada to resettle 25,000 Syrian refugees by end of February

Posted at 4:09 PM, Nov 24, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-24 16:09:23-05

TORONTO (AP) — Canada’s new Liberal government says it will resettle 10,000 Syrian refugees by the end of the year and another 15,000 by the end of February.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had wanted to resettle 25,000 refugees in Canada by Dec. 31 but faced some pushback following the deadly attacks in Paris.

The government says “robust health and security screening” will be completed overseas and beginning in December, transportation via privately chartered aircraft, with military aircraft assisting if needed, will be organized.

Tuesday’s announcement could raise alarm in the U.S., where many Republican governors have said they don’t want any Syrian refugees.

The U.S. plans to take 10,000 over the next year. Germany saw 758,000 refugees and other migrants arrive between January and October. Sweden is expecting around 200,000 this year.