A Greek Coast Guard helicopter flies over a Frontex vessel trying to rescue refugees and migrants, after a boat carrying more than 200 people sunk while crossing part of the Aegean sea from Turkey

Canada to host 25,000 Syrian refugees in Dec

AMMAN:Canada’s Ambassador to Jordan Bruno Saccomani confirmed on Monday that the desert kingdom will be the starting point for the journey of 25,000 Syrian refugees which his country will welcome from next month.Citing a leaked document, Canadian media last week reported the Canadian government was planning to fly in 900 Syrian refugees daily from Jordan to Montreal and Toronto, starting from December 1. From there they would be transported to two military bases in Ontario and Quebec, where they would be temporarily housed, the reports said.After meeting with Jordanian Prime Minister Abdullah Nsur, the Canadian ambassador also said that the operation to host the refugees would cost an estimated Can$1.2 billion. He said that refugees from Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey will be flown to Canada from Jordan.Canadian officials said that details of the operation would be announced on Tuesday.The United Nations refugee agency UNHCR estimates that more than four million Syrians have fled the civil war that has ravaged their country and reportedly killed more than 250,000 people.


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