Canada opens its doors to 10,000 Syrian refugees. An example to others?

Escalating violence in the Middle East requires nations outside the region to step in and provide asylum. Is Canada setting a precedent for the rest of North America?
By Jessica Mendoza
Christian Science Monitor

Canada opens its doors to 10,000 Syrian refugees. An example to others?

Escalating violence in the Middle East requires nations outside the region to step in and provide asylum. Is Canada setting a precedent for the rest of North America?

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The country announced Wednesday that it will be opening its borders to a total of 10,000 refugees from Syria and 3,000 from Iraq over the next three years, The Globe and Mail reports.

That figure is only a fraction of the people who have been displaced by conflicts in the Middle East: There are about 6.5 million internally displaced people or IDPs out of Syria and about 400,000 out of Iraq, according to the latest data from United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Still, the announcement is a welcome relief for other countries in the region, most of whom been hosting a near-constant flow of refugees since the Syrian civil war broke out four years ago.
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