Canada to launch dedicated refugee stream for human rights defenders: Trudeau

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said Canada will launch a dedicated refugee stream for human rights defenders this year.

Trudeau informed regarding the launch of the dedicated program in a statement which was released on the occasion of World Refugee Day.

According to Trudeau, in 2019, Canada resettled more than 30,000 refugees and was the world’s top refugee resettlement country for the second year in a row.

“Last year, despite challenges and travel restrictions related to COVID-19, Canada resettled over 9,200 refugees from coast to coast to coast,” he said, adding that “This year, we will launch a dedicated refugee stream for human rights defenders at risk, which will enable Canada to become one of the first countries to offer dedicated protection spaces to this population of refugees.”

He also added “As announced earlier this year, to better support family reunification, we will also be resettling up to 250 extended family members of survivors of Daesh currently in Canada.”

This comes as the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) on Friday announced three new initiatives to welcome and support more refugees as the world is facing a refugee crisis.

“This year’s World Refugee Day comes at a challenging time, because the pandemic has made the situation worse. That’s why Canada is redoubling its efforts to welcome refugees. When others close their doors, we keep them open. We will keep looking for new ways to support and welcome refugees, because offering refuge to the world’s most vulnerable speaks to who we are as Canadians,” Marco E. L. Mendicino, the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship said.

The new initiatives include Economic Mobility Pathways Pilot, Protected persons in Canada, and Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program.

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