Around 500 Afghan refugees arrived in Halifax and Toronto cities of Canada on Wednesday, December 8, 2021. (Photo – IRCC)
“Nearly 500 Afghan refugees arrived in Flag of Canada today, landing in Halifax and Toronto – including a number who supported the NATO mission in Afghanistan,” Sean Fraser, the Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada tweeted.
Meanwhile, the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), in a statement said 265 NATO locally engaged staff and their families landed at Halifax Stanfield International Airport on Wednesday.
The statement further added that approximately 100 will remain in Nova Scotia, and the rest will continue on to their new homes across Canada.
“These former NATO employees arrived in Canada from a third country where they had been temporarily located since leaving Afghanistan. They are part of the Government of Canada’s commitment to welcome 15,000 individuals through its special humanitarian program for Afghan refugees,” IRCC said.
The first flight, carrying the NATO locally engaged staff, arrived in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, on October 26, 2021, with 116 Afghan nationals on board.
Canada’s special humanitarian program aims to resettle Afghan nationals who are outside Afghanistan and without a durable solution elsewhere.