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Canada to Accept 20,000 Vulnerable Afghans

Canada plans to resettle more than 20,000 vulnerable Afghans including women leaders, human rights workers and reporters to protect them from Taliban reprisals, Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino said on Friday.

Canada continues to be deeply concerned by the deteriorating situation in Afghanistan and the risks it poses for many vulnerable Afghans, the Canadian immigration office said in a statement.

Canada will continue to implement the special immigration program for Afghans who contributed to Canada’s efforts in Afghanistan, the statement said.

“In addition, we will introduce a special program to focus on particularly vulnerable groups that are already welcomed to Canada through existing resettlement streams, including women leaders, human rights defenders, journalists, persecuted religious minorities, LGBTI individuals, and family members of previously resettled interpreters,” the statement said. “The program will welcome government-supported and privately sponsored refugees, along with those sponsored by family already in Canada.”

“Offering refuge to the world’s most vulnerable speaks to who we are as Canadians, particularly in times of crisis. As more Afghan refugees continue to seek shelter in Canada, we’re redoubling our efforts to help 20,000 Afghan refugees—who remain vulnerable wherever they go—find safety here. The situation in Afghanistan is heartbreaking, and Canada will not stand idly by,” the minister of immigration, refugees and citizenship of Canada said.

The program covers both people who want to leave Afghanistan and those already in neighboring countries.

[Source: Tolo news, Kabul, 14Aug21]

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