Process of resettling 25,000 Syrians in Canada begun

Migrants protest behind a fence against restrictions limiting passage at the Greek-Macedonian border, near Gevgelija, on December 1, 2015. Since last week, Macedonia has restricted passage to northern Europe to only Syrians, Iraqis and Afghans who are considered war refugees. All other nationalities are deemed economic migrants and told to turn back. Macedonia on November 29 finished building a fence on its frontier with Greece becoming the latest country in Europe to build a border barrier aimed at checking the flow of migrants. / AFP / ARMEND NIMANI

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) said on Tuesday that the operation to resettle 25,000 Syrian refugees to Canada had begun, with 10,000 people due to depart for their new home by the end of the year.

Processing, including security checks, was initiated at a military base in Amman, Jordan – where hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees have fled since 2011.

The resettlement initiative, campaigned on by the new Canadian PM, Justin Trudeau, has come under increasing political fire following the attacks in Paris.

There is no evidence, however, that a Syrian refugee was among the jihadists who attacked multiple Paris nightspots on November 13.