Temporary public policy to facilitate the sponsorship of Syrian and Iraqi refugees by Groups of Five and Community Sponsors, Government of Canada

Recognizing the humanitarian crisis in the Middle East, the Temporary public policy to facilitate the sponsorship of Syrian and Iraqi refugees by Groups of Five and Community Sponsors was introduced on September 19, 2015, for one year, to facilitate the resettlement of vulnerable individuals, and renewed on September 20, 2016 for an additional year.

This new temporary public policy recognizes the ongoing humanitarian crisis in the Middle East affecting Syrian and Iraqi refugees, and forms part of a broader strategy to address the large backlog and long wait times in the Privately Sponsored Refugees category. This new temporary public policy will enable Canada to implement fair and efficient procedures that maintain the integrity of the Canadian refugee protection system.

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