Syed Khan – 5 September 2021,
Under a deal to get Canadians and Canada’s allies in Afghanistan out of the war-torn country, almost 5,000 Afghan refugees evacuated by the United States will be welcomed by Canada instead. Canada has evacuated 3,700 people from Afghanistan till now. This follows the Aug 29 announcement by Global Affairs Canada that it was a signatory and part of the joint statement on Afghanistan evacuation travel assurances put out by countries worldwide.
In the press release and statements made by the Canadian government and the IRCC (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada) on September 1, it was announced that the refugees will be accepted as part of Canada’s program for 20,000 refugees, which include persecuted Afghan minorities, women human rights advocates, LGBTI individuals, and journalists.
This program will help to reduce the current crisis of the global refugee and resettlement system, increasing international efforts to support Afghan refugees and accelerating efforts to welcome more refugees to safety in Canada.
The refugee program is being run in partnership with the Manmeet Singh Bhullar Foundation to resettle hundreds of persecuted Afghan Sikhs and Hindus.
Through this program, Canada aims to focus on vulnerable groups that are already welcomed to Canada through existing resettlement streams, while also welcoming government-supported and privately-sponsored refugees, along with those sponsored by families already in Canada.
Quotes by officials: “Canadians are deeply concerned by the deteriorating situation in Afghanistan, people around the world know they can count on Canada to support them in times of need, and Canada will be there for vulnerable Afghans,” said Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan.
However, this program is not without its fair share of hurdles as political observers have time and again questioned the Taliban’s commitment to letting Afghans and others leave the country peacefully.
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