The Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), confirmed that the first flight, carrying the vulnerable Afghans as part of the new program, arrived in Canada this afternoon. (Photo – Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada)
“This afternoon, we welcomed a flight of Afghan refugees to Canada. These refugees are part of the 20,000 vulnerable Afghans threatened by the Taliban and forced to flee Afghanistan that Canada will assist in resettling,” IRCC said.
Earlier, Marco E. L. Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of National Defence, and Marc Garneau, Minister of Foreign Affairs, announced that Canada will resettle 20,000 vulnerable Afghans threatened by the Taliban and forced to flee Afghanistan.
Minister Mendicino said “Offering refuge to the world’s most vulnerable speaks to who we are as Canadians, particularly in times of crisis. As more Afghan refugees continue to seek shelter in Canada, we’re redoubling our efforts to help 20,000 Afghans refugees—who remain vulnerable wherever they go—find safety here. The situation in Afghanistan is heartbreaking, and Canada will not stand idly by.”
Meanwhile, Minister Sajjan said “Canadians are deeply concerned by the deteriorating situation in Afghanistan. People around the world know they can count on Canada to support them in times of need, and Canada will be there for vulnerable Afghans. Women leaders, human rights defenders, journalists, religious minorities, LGBTI individuals, and others covered by this program will be safe here in Canada, and I look forward to welcoming them to our country.”
“As Minister of Foreign Affairs, I am following the situation in Afghanistan very carefully. I remain in close contact with allies as well as our Ambassador in Kabul, and continue to monitor the security situation carefully. Afghans have put their lives at great risk to support Canada in helping Afghans achieve significant democratic, human rights, education, health and security gains over the past twenty years. We owe them a debt of gratitude and we will continue our efforts to bring them to safety,” said Minister Garneau.
IRCC said Canada introduce special program in addition to the special immigration which was introduced to resettle the former interpreters and those Afghans who assisted the Canadian mission in Afghanistan.
According to IRCC, the new program focuses on particularly vulnerable groups that are already welcomed to Canada through existing resettlement streams, including women leaders, human rights defenders, journalists, persecuted religious minorities, LGBTI individuals, and family members of previously resettled interpreters. The program will welcome government-supported and privately sponsored refugees, along with those sponsored by family already in Canada.