The International Organisation for Migration (IMO) say that 284 Syrian refugees from Ankara, Turkey flew to Toronto on Monday. 11 000 Syrian refugees have already arrived in Canada since the federal government improved the program last November. Most of the refugees have been from Lebanon and Jordan.
In those countries, the United Nations is responsible for registering refugees for resettlement. However, in Turkey, the Turkish government handles the resettlement of refugees. This process has taken longer than the Canadian federal government expected.
IOM operations coordinator Yasar Ogul says that the process of moving people on a tight timeline was challenging. While this week was the first flight of refugees, it won’t be the last. Turkey is hosting more than 2.5 million Syrians, one of the largest refugee populations in the region.