Public Policy and Global Affairs

The Canadian Government’s Response to the 2015 Syrian Refugee Crisis

The Canadian Government’s Response to the 2015 Syrian Refugee Crisis

The war in Syria broke out in March 2011, while many countries in the Middle East and North Africa experienced mass demonstrations and uprisings that became known as the Arab Spring. The protests in Syria were triggered by the arrest and torture of a group of students who put up anti-government graffiti. One of the students, a 13-year-old boy, was killed after having been tortured.