Canada has long been a nation renowned for its robust commitment to humanitarian efforts. This reputation is further solidified as Canada continues to work tirelessly to bring Afghans to safety within its borders. Through strong humanitarian partnerships and careful navigation of complex geopolitical realities, Canada stands tall as a beacon of hope.
A Synergistic Alliance: Canada and the United Arab Emirates
Canada’s fruitful partnership with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a shining example of mutual commitment to humanitarian aid. This partnership was recently brought into the spotlight when the Honourable Sean Fraser, Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, announced a landmark agreement with the UAE. This agreement fortifies safe passage options for Afghans seeking refuge in Canada.
Under this partnership, Canada has pledged to offer resettlement to as many as 1,000 Afghan nationals. These individuals, evacuated from Afghanistan in the wake of Kabul’s fall, are currently residing in the UAE.
A New Home: Afghan Nationals Find Refuge in Canada
A recent charter flight brought good news to Toronto, as over 650 Afghan nationals landed on Canadian soil, ready to start their new lives under this cooperative initiative. These new arrivals are set to make homes in more than 15 communities across the country, including Kingston, St. Catharines, Toronto, and Vancouver.
In the previous year, Canada welcomed three flights of Afghan nationals, made possible through cooperative efforts with the UAE. These efforts have resulted in a total of over 1,500 arrivals from the UAE to date.
Canada’s Pledge: Resettlement of Vulnerable Afghans
Canada remains undeterred by the ongoing challenges it faces. With a goal of resettling at least 40,000 vulnerable Afghans by the end of 2023, Canada continues to strive towards this target. Already, nearly 32,000 individuals have found a new home in Canada.
This commitment, one of the largest of its kind globally, underscores Canada’s unwavering resolve to provide safe passage from Afghanistan—a mission fraught with challenges unlike any other humanitarian resettlement program.
The efforts and partnership of the UAE deserve commendation. Their significant contribution has been pivotal in facilitating the safe passage of displaced Afghan nationals to Canada and other resettlement countries around the world.
Looking to the Future: Canada’s Legislative Support
To bolster its commitment to Afghan resettlement, Canada has introduced amendments to the Criminal Code through Bill C-41. This legislation plays a crucial role in Canada’s Afghan commitment, enabling the safe movement of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) applicants from Afghanistan to third countries. This allows immigration processing to be completed and for onward travel to Canada to be arranged.
Canada extends a heartfelt welcome to all Afghan nationals seeking a new home. As they navigate these challenging times, they are not alone. Canada stands alongside them, united by a shared commitment to humanity and safety for all.
Disclaimer: This article aims to provide a broad overview of Canada’s new humanitarian partnership. For the most up-to-date and detailed information, please refer to the official announcements and resources provided by the Government of Canada.