On the eve of a visit by the United Nations’ refugee chief, the federal Conservative government is facing pressure to have Canada take in thousands more Syrians who have been driven from their homes by war.

In February, the UN called on international partners to help resettle 100,000 of the 2.4 million Syrians who have fled their country and become refugees since civil war first broke out three years ago. This is in addition to the 30,000 it asked countries to accept last year.

In response to the first appeal, Canada promised to accept 1,300 Syrian refugees, including 200 residing in UN...

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