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Canada will resettle up to 5,000 refugees now in Turkey by 2018, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced today during his visit to Turkey.
With escalating violence in the region, more people are seeking protection in Turkey, and our commitment to resettle 5,000 mostly Iraqi and Iranian refugees in Canada will help Turkey deal with this growing pressure, " said Minister Kenney.
Canada remains committed to its 2009 and 2010 pledges to resettle up to 20,000 Iraqi refugees in need of protection.
In 1999, the UN designated the Somali Bantus as "persecuted refugees," and the Clinton administration -- acting under the terms of the 1980 Refugee Act -- agreed to resettle them in the United States.