Statement from the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship


Ottawa, October 25, 2016 – The Hon. John McCallum, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, today issued the following statement:

“The Government of Canada is pleased that all parties are cooperating to help the vulnerable Yazidi population that has suffered so much.

“Canada has a long and proud tradition of providing protection to those who need it the most. The unanimous support for this cause in the House of Commons demonstrates that this principle is embraced by all Canadians.

“The Government of Canada is committed to offering protection to the Yazidi population at risk. We support the terms of the motion to bring Yazidis to Canada within 120 days.

“We recognize that operating in the region is complex and could pose risks. It is imperative that we consider the next steps very carefully.

“Officials from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada are meeting with key partners to gather as much information as possible on the significant challenges and the steps forward.”

For further information (media only), please contact:

Camielle Edwards
Minister’s Office
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

Media Relations    
Communications Branch
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

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