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Refugee process 'amateurish and dangerous,' says expert

The Liberals achieved their revised target of bringing 25,000 Syrian refugees to Canada by the end of the month. But that doesn't mean the program is now a success, a number of sources say.

"The way they've been handling this is just amateurish and dangerous," former diplomat James Bissett, who first joined the public service in the 1950s, said in a phone interview.

"We just don't have the capacity to find them accommodation and get them settled," he adds. "The NGOs and the church groups themselves have been complaining."

Over the years, Bissett held various senior government positions in immigration and refugee planning, until being appointed ambassador to Yugoslavia, Bulgaria and Albania in 1990.

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