Last updated: 24 November, 2015

Canada delays Syrian refugee influx to February

Canada remains committed to taking in 25,000 Syrian refugees but will only welcome 10,000 of them by year’s end, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government said Tuesday.

The Liberal government, which had pledged to take in the full number of refugees this year, said another 15,000 would now arrive in 2016, by the end of February.

The delay follows criticisms that Ottawa was moving too fast amid security concerns in the aftermath of deadly attacks in Paris.

“Canadians have said do this right and if it takes a little longer to do it, then take the time,” Immigration Minister John McCallum told reporters.

“And so essentially this is what we are going to be doing.”