- The Washington Times - Monday, November 23, 2015

The Canadian government’s much-anticipated Syrian refugee plan will exclude single men due to security concerns, CBC News reported Sunday, citing anonymous sources.

Only women, children and families will be part of the program, which is set to be announced Tuesday, CBC News reported.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who promised to bring in 25,000 refugees by the end of the year, is facing increased pressure over the security question since the recent terror attacks in Paris.

Canadian authorities have managed to screen about 100 people a day in Lebanon, in addition to those being being processed by the United Nations Refugee Agency, to help Mr. Trudeau reach the 25,000 goal, CBC News reported. The screening program encompasses various agencies including CSIS and the RCMP.

The total cost of the program is expected to be $1.2 billion over six years, the report said.

About 51 percent of Canadians disapprove of their government’s plan to settle Syrian refugees in the country, and 58 percent believe there are security risks associated with such a plan, according to a recent Forum Research poll.

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