The Canadian government has announced that it will continue to welcome Afghan refugees to the country through a “charter” flight, bringing an additional 295 individuals from Pakistan.
On Wednesday, the Canadian Immigration and Refugee Administration announced on its social media platform that Afghan refugees have been successfully relocated from Pakistan to the city of Toronto.
Canada is close to fulfilling its commitment to welcome 40,000 Afghan refugees by the end of the year. The Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship for Canada announced earlier that the government has successfully relocated at least 40,000 Afghan refugees to the country, honouring its pledge.
Marc Miller has announced that Canada is actively processing existing immigration requests and expanding its efforts to accept more Afghan migrants through various immigration programs, including refugee resettlement and family sponsorship.
The Minister of Immigration for Canada highlighted that the initiative to relocate 40,000 Afghan refugees after the fall of Kabul represents one of the most extensive resettlement programs for Afghans globally, and their commitment to this work remains steadfast.
Mr. Miller emphasized the devastating impact of the Taliban’s reign in Afghanistan, particularly on the rights and freedoms of the Afghan people, especially women and girls, which have been severely restricted.
Earlier, the Minister of Immigration of Canada also acknowledged that the Taliban’s takeover in August 2021 resulted in a profound political, economic, and humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan, affecting millions of individuals.
The Canadian government continues its commitment to evaluate eligible applications and provide essential services like healthcare, education, skills training, and social support to Afghan refugees living in Canada. Additionally, Canada ranks second only to the United States in Afghan resettlement. It has initiated special programs to assist vulnerable Afghans, including women activists, human rights defenders, persecuted minorities, LGBTQ individuals, and journalists.