Could gay men make it past Canada’s strict refugee rules?
Canada is set to announce details for its refugee intake plan, but some are worried stipulations will be too strict. (AFP/File)
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Canadian officials are set to announce the government’s Syrian refugee plan today, and speculation is already running wild regarding who will be let in. The national broadcaster CBC News reported that it was informed by sources that single men will be excluded, but there are also suggestions in Canadian media that gay men will be admitted.
CBC reports that around 900 refugees are expected to arrive every day, mostly to Toronto and Montreal. They also cite sources as saying that most will be housed in military bases which have been prepared for their arrival.
The government is aiming to reach the ambitious target of bringing in 25,000 refugees by the end of the year, and has reportedly already begun screening processes in Lebanon. The Canadian ambassador to Jordan has confirmed that refugees from camps in Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon will be flown to Canada starting on December 1.
Rumours that only women, children and families would be allowed in for security reasons have caused considerable controversy. Opposition New Democratic party leader Thomas Mulcair raised the point of gay men seeking asylum, as well as widowers and young male orphans, asking if they too would be excluded.
The Toronto-based National Post has reported that gay men will indeed be allowed to enter Canada as refugees, however this remains uconfirmed.
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