Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has announced that the United Arab Emirates agreed to facilitate safely transferring Afghans held in that country to Canada.
In return, Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship of Canada said his country is committed to transferring those Afghans to Canada who were evacuated to the UAE after the fall of Kabul to the Taliban in August 2021.
As per the agreement, 650 people have reached Canada from the UAE, quoted on the Canadian immigration ministry’s website. A chartered flight carrying Afghan refugees held in UAE for more than a year landed at Toronto airport on Friday, it added.
Following the overthrow of the previous regime of Afghanistan in August 2021, Canada promised to resettle at least 40,000 Afghans under its humanitarian scheme. As of now, 32,000 people have been accepted to Canada, according to the immigration ministry of Canada.
According to the Reuters news agency, Ottawa agreed to take the refugees, who were waiting to be resettled in the United States and are now reviewing cases to identify those who meet Canadian resettlement criteria in what is the first known instance of Afghans moving from the center to a country where they have no direct ties.
Canada’s criteria for resettlement of those from the facility include religious minorities, single women, civil servants, social activists, and journalists, Reuters reported.