'Unaccompanied men' prove controversial for Canada's Syrian refugee plan
Welcome to Canada: Women and children first, please...
So many of the people in the migration were strong young men... I'm saying where are the women, where are the children? We're taking in people, we have no idea who they are, they have no identification, no papers. It could very well be the ultimate Trojan horse.- Donald Trump, U.S. Republican presidential hopeful
U.S. Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump, voices a sentiment that's widespread in the U.S. today, and present in Canada too.
There is fear and suspicion of just who these potential Syrian refugees may be, especially the young, fighting-age men.
It's a fear heightened by the attacks on Paris earlier this month, despite the fact that not one of the Paris attackers have been identified as a Syrian refugee.
Nevertheless, later today, when the details of Canada's plan for accepting 25,000 refugees is released, many expect it will keep the door closed to so-called "unaccompanied men."
That's not something the government has yet confirmed, or denied. But CBC News reports that only women, children and families will be accepted.
And that's complicated the already very complicated refugee debate.
- Wesley Wark is a national security affairs and terrorism expert in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa.
- Peter Showler is former chair of the immigration and refugee board and worked as a consultant with UNHCR last year with Syrian refugees in Lebanon to evaluate security issues.
- Sharry Aiken is a law professor who specializes in refugee and immigration issues at Queen's University.
We requested an interview with the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship John McCallum. He was unavailable to join us for an interview. We also asked for a statement clarifying the government's position on accepting "unaccompanied men" as Syrian refugees, but didn't hear back.
What do you think of excluding unaccompanied men when it comes to Canada's Syrian refugee plan?
This segment was produced by The Current's Ing Wong-Ward, Sujata Berry and Shannon Higgins.
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