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Nick Duffy 24th November 2015, 4:52 PM
Canada’s PM Justin Trudeau has pledged to open Canada’s doors to refugees in need. Canada’s PM Justin Trudeau has pledged to open Canada’s doors to refugees in need.
Canada’s new government has made specific provisions to take in gay refugees – but single straight men won’t be allowed.
The news comes as the country’s new Liberal government sets out its commitments to resettlement amid the Syria crisis.
The party has pledged to accept 25,000 Syrian refugees – and confirmed today the majority of refugees will be women, children and families.
Amid security concerns, the country does not plan to accept unaccompanied males – but it will make an exception for gay people, who face persecution in Syria from both the government and the terrorist group known as Islamic State.
ISIS has staged hundreds of public executions for men accused of homosexuality, though they provide little proof the men are actually gay.
The Ottowa Citizen reports: “The government is aware that gays could be persecuted, and therefore plans to include them in the selection process aimed at rescuing some of the region’s most vulnerable refugees.”
The pledge to accept refugees was a cornerstone of the commitments by new PM Justin Trudeau. The keen LGBT ally also demonstrated his commitment to equality by naming a diverse, gender-balanced cabinet.
In the UK, Labour MP Mary Creagh has previously called for the government’s focus on resettling refugees from Syria to include LGBT people.
Writing for PinkNews, she said: “Countries like the UK should be doing more to assist LGBTI refugees in particular.
“In this country we pride ourselves on the progress we have made on sexual equality. We should be reaching out to assist those being persecuted for their sexuality or gender orientation abroad.