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Canada: Be a leader for refugees

In early September 2015 the body of three-year-old Alan Kurdi washed ashore on a Turkish beach. His family was just one of thousands fleeing the brutal conflict in Syria in search of safety in Europe, and in Canada. Thousands of refugees, particularly women and children remain in countries close to conflicts where they are at risk of gender based violence including rape and being forced to trade sexual favours for shelter and food. 

Canadians reacted to this tragedy with an overwhelming expression of goodwill through offers to sponsor and assist refugees. Amnesty International welcomes the government’s announcement that it has reached its goal to resettle 25,000 Syrian refugees. The response to the Syrian refugee crisis thus far, indicates that with time, resources and commitment Canada can resettle refugees in a timely manner.

With no immediate end in sight to the crisis in Syria, and ongoing resettlement needs of refugees from other world regions, the government must develop longer term plans for substantial resettlement efforts in the coming years. In order to meet these needs, significant resources are needed to ensure that resettlement is done successfully, sustainably and on a non-discriminatory basis..

This global crisis urgently needs a global solution.
It's time for Canada to play a leaderin role.

The conflict in Syria has resulted in the largest refugee crisis since World War II. Over four million people have fled the fighting with more leaving every day. Most are in the neighbouring countries of Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan where resources are stretched beyond the breaking point. 

A growing number of refugees are faced with the impossible choice of remaining in desperate conditions or making terrifying journeys and risking their lives to escape endless suffering. 

Over two thousand people died crammed into trucks or overloaded ships en route to Europe in 2015. But that is not the only risk they face. While some were welcomed after making their way to safety, others were rounded up and detained. 

This global crisis urgently needs a global solution. It’s time for Canada to play a leading role in developing and coordinating a more coherent and rights-based global approach to the Syrian crisis.

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Learn more about the Syrian refugee crisis, Amnesty International's full recommendations to the Canadian government -- and more ways you can get involved!

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Call on the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship to support a generous and robust resettlement program.


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