Canada’s Immigration Minister has said the country will offer a new home for Afghanistan while upholding democracy and human rights in the country.
Marco Mendicino, the Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), said made the remarks in an online statement Tuesday.
“At the #UNGA, Canada announced we will double our humanitarian resettlement commitment from to 20k 40k Afghan refugees. Through our efforts, we will offer a new home for Afghan refugees while upholding democracy and human rights around the world,” Mendicino said in a statement posted online on Twitter.
This comes as Canada’s Foreign Minister announced Monday that Canada has committed to welcome 40,000 Afghan refugees.
Garneau informed about Canada’s intent to double its humanitarian resettlement commitment from 20,000 to 40,000, while addressing the General Debate of the 76th United Nations General Assembly ‘In Our Hands’.
“Now, faced with a heart wrenching situation in Afghanistan Canadians have once again shown their openness to those who do not wish to live under Taliban rule but prefer to stand up for democracy, human rights and gender equality.”
Garneau further added “In fact, Canadians overwhelmingly called on us to do more. And in response to their generosity and welcoming spirit we have now committed to welcoming 40,000 Afghan refugees to Canada – so that they too can contribute to our success, while we continue to support their efforts for a more peaceful, tolerant world.”