The Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), announced Sunday that more flights, carrying Afghan refugees landed in the country today. (Photo – IRCC)
“Today we welcomed more flights of Afghan refugees to Canada. With more flights planned in the days ahead, they will continue to be resettled through the immigration program for individuals and their families who provided support to Canada’s efforts in Afghanistan,” IRCC said in a short statement posted online.
The Government of Canada last month announced a special program to resettle the Afghans who assisted the efforts of Canada in Afghanistan.
Marco E. L. Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Marc Garneau, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of National Defence, jointly announced the new program on 23rd of July.
“So many Afghan citizens put themselves at risk to assist Canada, both during and after our military mission in Afghanistan. Now they face even greater threats from the Taliban, and we are doing everything possible to bring them to safety. Lives hang in the balance, which is why we’re taking timely and decisive action to support the Afghans who supported Canada, and offer them a future in this country. Canada will do right by those who did so much for us,” said Mendicino.
Those eligible include interpreters who worked with the Canadian Armed Forces, cooks, drivers, cleaners, construction workers, security guards and locally engaged staff employed at the Embassy of Canada to Afghanistan, and their family members, IRCC said in a statement.
The statement further added criteria to be referred for resettlement are based on applicants’ significant or enduring relationship with the Government of Canada. Applicants must meet all usual admissibility requirements, including security, criminal and health screenings, and processing timelines will be expedited. Applicants will also be subject to existing COVID-19 public health measures and safety protocols.