Canada fulfills promise to bring 40,000 Afghans

Canada fulfills promise to bring 40,000 Afghans

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Afghan newcomers at Halifax Airport - Halifax-Afghan Flight-October 19 2022 © Kelly Clark - Photo Comms NHQ Events/MSU COMMS

Canada has reached its goal to bring 40,000 vulnerable people from Afghanistan following the take over of the Taliban.

Canada’s Afghan resettlement program since November 2021 has focused on those who helped Canada achieve its objectives. The newcomers include 18,000 spaces for Special Immigration Measures Program for Afghan national and their families and up to 5,000 extended family members of former Afghan interpreters who came to Canada under earlier programs.

A program for the extended family of former language and cultural advisors helped relocate the vulnerable including women leaders, human rights defenders, persecuted ethnic or religious minorities, LGBT+1 individuals as well as journalists.

Marc Miller, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship said in a statement, “While welcoming over 40,000 Afghans to Canada is a significant achievement, Canada will continue to bring Afghans to safety.”

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The newcomers came through Calgary, Halifax, St Johns, Toronto, Vancouver and Winnipeg Airports. They have since been relocated to different cities across the country.

Apart from efforts by the government, private individuals have stepped forward to privately sponsor thousands of Afghans.

Amy Pope, Director General, International Organization for Migration said, “Canada has become a global role model for effectively bringing vulnerable Afghans and other refugees to safety.”

Photo Gallery of Afghanistan arrivals

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