Since assuming power in November 4, 2015, Trudeau government brought in to Canada as of May 15, 2016, 27,190 Syrian refugees of whom 15,355 are government-assisted refugees, 2,341 blended visa-office referred refugees and 9,494 privately sponsored refugees.
Senior officials of the Ministry of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship confirmed on May 12, 2016 in their testimony to the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration that the number of Yazidi cases which are being processed are “small” totalling only 9 cases.
The following are excerpts from the discussion in the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration:
Bob Saroya, MP (Markham—Unionville, CPC):
“My first question is for the department officials. How many persecuted Yazidis have been guaranteed permanent resident status as part of the government’s Syrian refugee program?”
David Manicom (Associate Assistant Deputy Minister, Strategic and Program Policy, Department of Citizenship and Immigration):
“We are not able to identify refugees by ethnic origin. We don’t have that data in our systems. We are dealing with a small number of Yazidi cases, and we know there are some in particularly difficult circumstances in parts of the world that are extremely difficult for us to get to.
“We are working on a small number of cases at this time. I don’t know if Dawn has more details, but the number is quite small.”
Dawn Edlund (Associate Assistant Deputy Minister, Operations, Department of Citizenship and Immigration):
“I believe it’s nine cases at the moment.”
The Yazidis (also Yezidis) are an ethnically Kurdish religious community indigenous to Syria, Iraq, Armenia, Georgia, Turkey and Iran. Thousands of Yazidis were murdered by the Islamic State (a.k.a IS, ISIS, ISIL, Daesh and Caliphate) and other thousands of Yazidi women and girls were captured by ISIS to serve as sex slaves for their operatives. Refugee camps populated with Yazidis are located in Iraqi Kurdistan. Immigration Canada is receiving refugee applications of Syrian nationals only in Lebanon, Turkey and Jordan.