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Are the Syrian refugees actually refugees?

The Liberal government is delivering on its promise to accept 25,000 Syrian migrants by the end of this month. Leamington and Peterborough, Ontario, and Brooks, Alberta are the latest Canadian cities to accept refugees, most of whom have already arrived.

The plight of desperate people fleeing for their lives, starving in besieged cities or wounded in the crossfires of a bloody war rightly evokes sympathy everywhere. Yet are the truly desperate even able to make their way over?

Given the volatile political situation in Syria and given the fact that many Canadians fear a credible terrorist threat among the influx of refugees, it is reasonable to ask whether the people we are accepting genuinely meet the criteria of refugees as outlined in the 1951 UNHCR Refugee Convention.

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