Canada welcomed the latest group of Afghan refugees at the Pearson Airport in Toronto on Tuesday night.
“Last night, Canada welcomed the latest group of Afghan refugees at Pearson Airport in Toronto. We’re glad they’re here!” Marco Mendicino, the Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) tweeted.
He did not disclose further information regarding the exact number of refugees who arrived in Canada on Tuesday night.
However, he said “I want to thank our settlement service organizations whose tireless work makes Canada a welcoming home – this is truly a #teamcanada effort!”
“Canadians have opened their homes and their hearts to Afghan refugees in 20 communities in British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island,” IRCC said in a statement last Friday, adding that “With a well‑established settlement network anchored across the country, more communities in other provinces and territories are also expected to welcome refugees in the days ahead and help them adjust to life in Canada.”
The statement also added “In addition, we continue to work with the United States to welcome up to 5,000 refugees to Canada, whose evacuations were facilitated by the United States. These refugees will be accepted as part of Canada’s program to accept up to 20,000 refugees, which include persecuted Afghan minorities, women human rights advocates, LGBTI individuals, and journalists.”
According to IRCC, applications for 6,550 people have been approved under the special immigration measures till date and efforts are underway to process the remaining applications as quickly as possible.