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Hundreds of Afghan Refugees Relocated to Canada

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Saqalain Eqbal
Saqalain Eqbal
Saqalain Eqbal is an Online Editor for Khaama Press. He is a Law graduate from The American University of Afghanistan (AUAF).

The Department of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship of Canada announced the relocation of another batch of 350 Afghan nationals, in its latest move, as part of the program to resettle Afghans.

The Canadian department announced on Twitter on Friday, December 16, that the number of relocated Afghan refugees has risen to 26,735 with the entrance of the most recent group.

The newly relocated Afghan refugees, who arrived in Toronto, the capital of Canada’s Ontario province, are said to be expecting to resettle in 20 different Canadian communities, including but not limited to Calgary, London, Ottawa, and Toronto.

“We’ll continue to work hard to safely resettle at least 40,000 individuals by the end of 2023,” Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship, Sean Fraser, previously said.

Shortly after the federal government unveiled plans for its ambitious target of seeing 500,000 immigrants enter the country year by 2025, the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship department of Canada announced its pledge to take in 86,300 Afghan refugees.

Canada stated in November that it would welcome 500,000 immigrants annually, indicating how heavily the country is reliant on immigration to fill the economic gap left by the Baby Boom generation’s retirement.

Earlier in November, the Canadian federal government unveiled a lofty strategy to welcome 500,000 immigrants annually by 2025, with an additional 1.5 million people to arrive during the ensuing three years.

After the political upheaval in Afghanistan last year, a large influx of people left the country for the neighboring nations of Pakistan and Iran, escaping fear of persecution.

Statistics show that Afghanistan already has one of the largest refugee populations, with over 2.2 million refugees residing in Pakistan alone in addition to the 5.5 million people who have been domestically displaced.

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