More Afghan refugees arrive in Canada

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Afghan refugees

On June 6, 2023, the Government of Canada made a new update regarding the Afghan refugees arriving in the country. The last update shows Canada has accepted 360 Afghan refugees since May 30, 2023. 

As of now, Canada has welcomed a total of 32,745 Afghan refugees. Canada received 18,695 Afghans and their families’ applications under the Special Immigration Measures Program for Afghans who had assisted the Government of Canada in Afghanistan. 

10,435 Afghans arrived in Canada under that program, and 17,040 Afghan nationals came under the Humanitarian program. In addition, Canada admitted 1,850 applicants under the pathway for extended family members of former interpreters.

The Canadian government is making every effort to quickly and safely rehouse at least 40,000 Afghan refugees in Canada. In order to protect some of Afghanistan’s most vulnerable citizens and to represent the profound and enduring relationship that exists with Afghans, Canada has developed a number of specific programs and policies.

Special measures for Afghan applications

Canada is actively looking into measures to make it easier for Afghans to apply for jobs locally as well as globally due to the ongoing situation in Afghanistan. With the goal to resettle 18,000 people, the Special Immigration Measures Program was established.

You must meet the following requirements in order to be eligible:

  • You’re a citizen of Afghanistan.
  • During your employment, you had a close and/or long-lasting relationship with the Canadian government.
  • You or eligible members of your family had been in Afghanistan on or after July 22, 2021.
  • You are not prohibited from entering Canada.

Govt of Canada making efforts to Host Afghan Refugees

According to the Canadian government, it is committed to meeting its goal of accepting at least 40,000 Afghan refugees by the end of the year.

Since Ottawa mentioned in August 2021 that it would accept thousands of Afghans whose lives would be in danger under the new Taliban regime, more than 30,600 Afghans have been relocated to Canada.

By the end of 2023, Canada “is firm in its commitment to resettle at least 40,000 Afghan nationals, which remains one of the largest programs in the world,” the spokesperson for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) told VOA.

More than 10,000 individuals who worked in Afghanistan for Canadian organizations and initiatives have been resettled, and more than 16,000 individuals have been admitted, mostly women and civil society workers under humanitarian considerations.

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