#WelcomeRefugees: A Canadian phenomenon that illustrates temporal dimension of border constructs
Renata Grudzien | BIG Research Reports | #90
Every year Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issues Canada’s benchmark for its refugee resettlement. In the past, Canada has committed to resettling 25,000 refugees per year from all over the world; however, after the international outcry when little Alan Kurdi’s body washed up on Canada’s shores, IRCC significantly shortened expected processing times for refugee resettlement. In November 2015, IRCC initiated a five-phase plan to resettle 25,000 Syrian refugees by the end of February 2016. Despite significant domestic and international scepticism, Canada successfully resettled 26,000 Syrian refugees in an unprecedented four months under the #WelcomeRefugees plan.