The State Department applaud the Government of Canada’s agreement to welcome up to 5,000 vulnerable whose exit was facilitated by the United States.
“The U.S. and Canada share an enduring commitment to the Afghan people. We applaud the Canadian Government’s agreement to welcome up to 5,000 vulnerable Afghans whose exit was facilitated by the United States,” State Secretary Antony Blinken tweeted.
The Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced earlier today that the Government of Canada 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.