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UN refugee chief lauds program


OTTAWA—The head of the United Nation’s refugee agency says he’d like to see Canada’s private sponsorship program exported around the world.

Filippo Grandi said while it is important for governments to show leadership by resettlement programs, having private citizens also engaged encourages a feeling of solidarity for the world’s most vulnerable.

Canada is one of only a handful of states that currently run such programs and private groups have sponsored more than 9,000 Syrians in recent months.

Grandi said Canada, as a whole, has been a leader in global Syrian resettlement and that’s why he chose to visit here this week.

He noted he’d like the Canadian government to help other countries roll out programs like the one the Liberals put in place to resettle 25,000 Syrians in a matter of three months.

Grandi added he hopes to see Canada make a further commitment to Syrians at a pledging conference in Geneva later this month.

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