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Canada's Syrian Refugee Intake Could Rise To 50,000 By End Of 2016: Immigration Minister

12/21/2015 12:31 EST | Updated 12/21/2015 12:59 EST

AMMAN, Jordan — Canada's minister of immigration and citizenship says the country's resettlement program for Syrian refugees could double its intake by the end of next year to 50,000.

John McCallum was in the Jordanian capital of Amman on Sunday, meeting with Syrian families preparing to board flights to Canada. He told one family: "Everyone in Canada is waiting to meet you.''

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McCallum in Amman, Jordan on Sunday. (Photo: Sam McNeil/AP via CP)

Canada's new Liberal government is pushing forward with its pledge to resettle 25,000 Syrian refugees by the end of February. McCallum says Canada hopes to settle 35,000 to 50,000 Syrian refugees by the end of 2016, with the UN refugee agency, the Jordanian government and the International Organization for Migration assisting with the vetting process.

McCallum told several of his provincial counterparts earlier this month that Canada hoped to bring in more refugees later in 2016.

McCallum also toured development projects and refugee facilities during his two-day stop in Jordan.

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