The Government of Canada announced Tuesday that it will welcome up to 5,000 Afghans who se evacuations were facilitated by the United States. (Photo – IRCC)
According to a statement released by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), the Government of Canada continues to exhaust every option to get as many Afghans to safety as possible, in partnership with our allies around the world.
The statement further added “In the first phase of our operation, Canada evacuated roughly 3,700 people from Afghanistan—the majority of whom are refugees who supported Canada’s mission, and will soon begin new lives in this country.”
Emphasizing on Canada’s strong solidarity with the Afghan people, IRCC said the Government will begin the second phase of its operation, which will center on welcoming Afghan refugees who have been forced to flee Afghanistan to another country.
“As part of this work, the Government of Canada has reached agreement with the United States to closely cooperate on the safe passage and departure from Afghanistan of our nationals, Afghan nationals who have served both countries, as well as their families,” IRCC said, adding that as part of this agreement, Canada will welcome up to 5,000 refugees whose evacuations were facilitated by the United States.
These refugees will be accepted as part of Canada’s recently announced program for some 20,000 refugees, which include persecuted Afghan minorities, women human rights advocates, LGBTI individuals, and journalists, IRCC said.
Furthermore, IRCC said this collaboration will also help to reduce current pressures in the global resettlement system, facilitating wider international efforts to support Afghan refugees and accelerating efforts to welcome more refugees to safety in Canada.
Meanwhile, IRCC said refugees must meet all eligibility and admissibility requirements. They will come to Canada via countries where they have been temporarily located after fleeing Afghanistan.