Canada’s new refugee policy is attracting some controversy.
The CBC have reported that single men will not be permitted entry into the country, under a new scheme brought in by newly elected Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s administration. Under the new system, unaccompanied men seeking asylum will not be allowed cross into Canadian territory.
According to The Guardian, the Premier of Quebec Philippe Couillard seemed to corroborate that report ahead of a meeting with Prime Minister Trudeau:
“All these refugees are vulnerable but some are more vulnerable than others – for example, women, families and also members of religious minorities who are oppressed,” he said, although he rejected the notion of “exclusion” of single men.”
Over 4 million Syrians have fled the civil war and it has claimed the lives of more than 250,000 people.
However there is one exception to this rule. Canadian authorities have said they will accept gay men as many of them are fleeing homophobic violence and life threatening discrimination rampant in the region, according to Gay Times.
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