The Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), announced Friday that more than 3,000 evacuees have arrived in Canada from Afghanistan as efforts are underway to bring in more people in the near future. (Photo – IRCC)
“Canada evacuated over 3,700 people from Afghanistan. More than 3,000 evacuees have now arrived in Canada, which includes more than 900 passengers who arrived on four flights since Sunday, August 29. We expect more to arrive here in the near future,” Marco E. L. Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, and the Marc Garneau, Minister of Foreign Affairs, said in a joint statement.
The statement further added “The Government of Canada continues to use all avenues available to help Canadian citizens, permanent residents and their families, and vulnerable Afghans eligible under the special immigration measures, to leave Afghanistan and come to Canada. We thank neighbouring countries for their support in welcoming refugees and we continue to have daily discussions with allies and countries in the region to help get as many people to safety as possible.”
“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,” the statement said, 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.”
Meanwhile, IRCC said the Government of Canada is working closely with our provincial and territorial partners, as well as settlement service providers across Canada. “Refugees are being matched with communities where settlement support is already in place. Consideration is given to whether they have family members in Canada, as well as the availability of schools, housing, and language training.”
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.