Archbishop Jean-Clément Jeanbart, Melkite Catholic archbishop of Aleppo, Syria, has said he would like to see Canada help Syrians to stay in Syria instead of accepting them as refugees.
During a visit to Montreal he was asked what he thought about Canada welcoming 25,000 Syrian refugees in the past few months.
He said: “We’re not happy when we see the Canadian government moving refugees and facilitating their integration. It hurts us. A lot.”
Archbishop Jeanbart knows Canada well. Some of his family lives in Montreal. He said he has visited Canada about 20 times in his lifetime.
However, he said, he would rather see the Canadian government making more efforts to allow the Syrian population to stay in Syria.
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