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Canada opens doors to 13,000 Syrian, Iraqi refugees

Syrian refugee children walk outside a tent being used as a school at a Syrian refugees camp in the Lebanese village of Baaloul on December 16, 2014Canada has agreed to resettle another 10,000 Syrian and 3,000 Iraqi refugees over the next three years in response to a UN plea for help, the immigration minister announced Wednesday. According to a report released earlier by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, the number of Syrian refugees has outstripped Afghans as the largest displaced population in need of protection. Since 2009, Canada has welcomed 20,000 Iraqi refugees. More than 1,000 Syrian refugees have also landed on Canadian shores since the start of a Syrian civil war in 2011.

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