Canada welcomed 311 Afghan nationals today in Halifax. The Minister of Immigration Refugees and Citizenship, Sean Fraser met the chartered flight from Pakistan that brought the new arrivals.
The newcomers would go to about 20 communities in Toronto–Ontario, Fredericton and St. John-New Brunswick.
Since January 2022, today’s flight is the 16th charter flight of Afghan refugees from Pakistan.
Sean Fraser reiterated government’s efforts to meet the goal to resettle 40,000 vulnerable Afghan refugees to Canada by the end of 2023.
Canadians can help newly arrived Afghan refugees into their communities by volunteering and donating to make their settlements easier. Anyone interested can also sponsor Afghan refugees privately by working with a sponsorship agreement holder as a group of five or as a community sponsor.
Those who arrived today consisted of government-assisted refugees, privately sponsored refugees, and extended family members of Afghans who worked for or assisted the government of Canada.
Photo Gallery of Afghans arriving at Halifax Airport – IRCC Photos Kelly Clark