Canada on Sunday vowed continued work to bring Afghans to safety amid evolving situation which led to temporary suspension of the diplomatic operations of Canadian Embassy in Afghanistan. (Photo – Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada)
“Our ongoing work to bring Afghans to safety in Canada under the Special Immigration Measures will continue and will remain a top priority. We will continue to work in close coordination on this commitment,” Marc Garneau, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Marco E. L. Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, and Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of National Defence, said in a joint statement.
The statement further added that the Government of Canada, including the Canadian Armed Forces, is working closely with allies, including the United States, to ensure processing capacity for the ongoing Special Immigration Measures program.
“Applications continue to be processed, including for those who can safely leave Afghanistan. They will be able to come to Canada as soon as their applications are approved. We are urgently bringing more Afghans to safety in Canada and will continue to support them through this crisis,” the statement added.
The Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada had earlier announced that Canada introduced the 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.