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‘Very, very few’ Syrian refugees came to Canada from refugee camps: CBSA official Bolduc

By Abbas Rana      

According to a backgrounder on Immigration Canada's website, the government chose Syrian refugees with the help of the United Nations Refugee Agency who were most vulnerable and posed no security risk. This includes complete families, women at risk, and people in the LGBT community.

National Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan, left, Immigration Minister John McCallum, and Health Minister Jane Philpott, are pictured Nov. 19, at a Syrian refugee camp in Jordan with a UNHCR staffer. Photograph courtesy of Immigration Canada
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"Very, very few” of the thousands of Syrian refugees who have come to Canada came from refugee camps and most had been living in rented apartments in Syria’s neighbouring countries, a senior CBSA official told Parliament in February. Conservative are now accusing the federal government of conveying a false perception to Canadians that refugees were selected from refugee camps. But the government says it has never said all Syrian refugees came from refugee camps and that it chose the most vulnerable

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