12/23/2015 11:19 EST | Updated 12/23/2016 00:12 EST

McCallum says 10,000 Syrian refugees won't arrive in Canada by year end

OTTAWA — Canada's immigration minister is signalling the federal government won't meet its goal of bringing 10,000 Syrian refugees by the end of the year.

John McCallum says the government will have identified the 10,000 refugees who will be on Canadian soil in the coming months, but not all will be in the air by the end of December.

McCallum blamed the delay on inclement flying weather, refugees wanting to say goodbye to friends and families, and other circumstances beyond the government's control.

The government has promised to bring in 25,000 Syrian refugees by the end of February with the first 10,000 to have landed by year end.

As of Dec. 21, 1,869 refugees had landed with three more flights scheduled to land between today and Dec. 31.

He says the government still expects to meet its overall goal of resettling 25,000 refugees well before the end of February.

McCallum made the comments during a briefing with reporters in Ottawa about the government's progress on the Syrian refugee file.

The Canadian Press