Arisnel Mesidor, M.A., RCIC
10,000 Afghan refugees have arrived in Canada since August 2021
Canada reached an important milestone by welcoming over 10,000 Afghan refugees since August 2021. The latest 300 Afghan newcomers were arrived in Toronto, Ontario, on a charter flight on March 30, 2022.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada is currently working with service providers under the Resettlement Assistance Program, Provinces and Territories, and community organizations to provide Afghan refugees with access to housing and basic necessities so they can begin their new lives in Canada.
Canada's provinces and territories, as well as countless local organizations, have helped resettle refugees across the country. In addition, Canadians, volunteers, and the private and non-profit sectors, including several veteran organizations, have generously contributed their time, expertise, financial contributions and in-kind donations to support these ongoing efforts.
The Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship stated:
"We have worked tirelessly to welcome over 10,000 Afghan refugees in Canada. Despite extraordinary and complex challenges that we are facing on the ground in Afghanistan, the pace of arrivals continues to be strong and we’ll keep working with our trusted domestic and international partners as we resettle more Afghan refugees safely in Canada. Being able to personally welcome these newcomers is a proud moment I won’t soon forget."
IRCC works with partners to help newcomers enroll in school, find a permanent home, and obtain employment through our Settlement Program.