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Manitoba government adds support money for Syrian refugees

WINNIPEG — The Manitoba government is boosting funding for churches and other organizations that help refugees, in a bid to accommodate people fleeing Syria.

Premier Greg Selinger says an extra $40,000 is being given to settlement service providers in the province, so that they can accommodate hundreds more refugees in the coming months.

Selinger is also calling on the federal government to boost immigration and refugee numbers.

In January, the federal government promised 10,000 Syrian refugees a home in Canada over the next three years.

The latest numbers show 1,074 people had resettled in Canada as part of that commitment.

Some refugee groups want Syrians with family in Canada to be allowed entry immediately, so that they can complete the refugee process in safety.

The Canadian Press

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