Additional human resources will be allocated to Canadian visa centers in the Middle East in order to speed up the processing of documents for Syrian refugees, which is part of the pre-election promises of the liberal party to let in 10,000 refugees from Syria who will be under private security. Persons willing to sponsor over the past few weeks have expressed their complaints about Minister of Immigration John McCallum and other members of parliament from the liberal party. The reason for this was that the efforts and resources aimed at resettling Syrians were reduced after the end of the state program, which involved moving 25,000 refugees to Canada by the end of February. The reduction of staff and the limit on the number of applications meant that people who donated money, rented apartments, collected clothes and furniture, most likely will not see the refugees for whom all this is intended until next year.
McCallum responded to some complaints last week, saying that 10,000 people whose applications were filed before March 31 will arrive in Canada by the end of this year or in the first quarter of 2017. It made people rather submit as many applications as possible. Allocating additional human resources proves how committed the government is to its idea, McCallum says, adding that next week he will share details about how the authorities are going to speed up the process. “Considering that we are working at full capacity, there is still a limit to what we can do. I, of course, would like us to be able to use all the generosity of Canadian families, ”the immigration minister said in an interview.
Among those who are unhappy is also the former mayor of Toronto, John Suwell, who met with McCallum on Thursday. Suell became a representative of several private sponsor groups in Toronto. “The flow of goodwill of this magnitude does not always happen, so we must seize the opportunity,” said Suell. The initial decision to include restrictions in the Syrian program was made in part because the liberals promised to reduce waiting times for refugees and immigrants. Suell said his sponsorship group wants all Syrians, sponsors for which have already been identified, to be transported to Canada by the end of the month. In a separate e-mail addressed to CBC News, Suell said that McCallum agreed with the idea that those refugees who are already provided with specific sponsors in Canada should be given priority.
McCallum said he did not give any consensus on the timing. Nevertheless, he said that it is reasonable to first speed up the relocation of those people whose processing of documents is almost complete. According to the Department of Immigration website, applications for 2,697 Syrians were approved, but they still have to reach Canada, although, according to McCallum, about 1,500 are already waiting for their flights. At the time of the culmination of the resettlement program of 25,000 people in Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey, there were more than 500 people who were interviewing, selecting and confirming hundreds of applications per day. Every day at the airports of Toronto and Montreal planes landed with hundreds of refugees aboard.