PM says first planeloads of Syrian refugees arrive this week

Mon Dec 7, 2015 11:56am EST
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OTTAWA (Reuters) - The first planeloads of Syrian refugees from camps in Jordan and Turkey will arrive in Canada this week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told Parliament on Monday.

The Liberal leader gave no details, but the government plans to resettle 10,000 Syrian refugees by the end of the year and a further 15,000 by end-February.

Officials said last week the flights would have a mixture of those sponsored privately and those sponsored by the federal government.

(Reporting by Randall Palmer; Editing by Bernadette Baum)

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau delivers a speech for the opening day of the World Climate Change Conference 2015 (COP21) at Le Bourget, near Paris, France, November 30, 2015.         REUTERS/Stephane Mahe