CALGARY, June 20, 2013 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada has resettled
almost 16,000 refugees to date and is on track to meet its commitment
of resettling 20,000 Iraqis by 2015, Jason Kenney, Minister of
Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism announced today on World
Refugee Day. This represents the largest single commitment to resettle
a refugee population in over 25 years.
To mark World Refugee Day, Minister Kenney will also participate in a
roundtable with refugees hosted by the Calgary Catholic Immigration
Society and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Calgary tonight.
"Canada has a long humanitarian tradition of providing protection to
those truly in need and we welcome one in ten resettled refugees, more
than almost any other country in the world," said Minister Kenney. "On
World Refugee Day, we should be proud of Canada's major contributions
to global efforts to resettle vulnerable refugee populations, and also
recognize the efforts of countless organizations and individuals in
Canada who help refugees to Canada settle, integrate and succeed in
their new home."
Canada works closely with private sponsors, other countries and the
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to find viable
long-term solutions to help refugees around the world. Canada already
has one of the most generous resettlement programs in the world and the
government is working to increase the total number of refugees and
other individuals in vulnerable circumstances that we resettle each
year. The Government of Canada has already increased resettlement
assistance by 20 percent.
By 2018, Canada will also resettle up to 5,000 mostly Iranian and Iraqi
refugees currently in Turkey by 2018. This effort will help Turkey deal
with growing pressures as a result of escalating violence in the
In addition, Canada also recently committed to resettling up to 1,000
more Bhutanese refugees over the next two years, many of whom already
have family ties here. In total, Canada will resettle up to 6,500
Bhutanese refugees who had been living for nearly two decades in
refugee camps in Nepal. More than 5,000 Bhutanese refugees have already
arrived in Canada.
Canada's new asylum system, which came into force on December 15, 2012,
has been implemented successfully and is already exceeding
"Under our new asylum system, genuine refugees fleeing persecution will
receive protection more quickly—in a matter of months, not years," said
Minister Kenney. "At the same time, by removing unfounded failed asylum
claimants faster, we are ensuring that Canadians will continue to have
faith in our asylum system and support our important humanitarian
Minister of International Cooperation Julian Fantino also made an
important announcement regarding humanitarian assistance for refugees
today. The Government of Canada is investing $5 million over one year
to provide refugees in Chad, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Uganda with three
innovative technologies: streetlights, lanterns, and fuel-efficient
stoves. This investment seeks to make refugee camps safer at night,
especially for women and girls, who are more vulnerable to sexual
For more information on Canada's refugee programs, visit the Citizenship
and Immigration Canada website at cic.gc.ca.
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