Updated: Jan 13, 2022
On December 18, 2021, Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), marked the International Migrants Day. He issued a statement with Melanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Harjit Sajjan, Minister of International Development and Minister Responsible for the Pacific Economic Development Agency of Canada.
They also mentioned Canada’s leading role in international migration as well as the successful social media campaign ‘It Takes a Community’ that shares positive stories about the incredible contributions of migrants.
The minister said that throughout history, freedom of movement has provided humans with a greater quality of life to meet their changing needs. In honor of International Migrants Day, they join their friends and allies around the world in celebrating, promoting, and protecting the rights and fundamental freedoms of all migrants.
The Minister of Immigration also believes that countries can build diverse societies that foster welcoming and inclusive communities for all. As millions of people move around the world, Canada will continue to work with their international partners to protect their rights and celebrate their contributions.
The immigration minister, Sean Fraser stated that,
"Worldwide, migrants have continued to be disproportionately affected by the pandemic, yet newcomers to Canada have also made outsized contributions to our response to it, from taking care of our seniors to putting food on our tables. Canadians understand that newcomers play a key role in our country’s success – enriching our communities, supporting our economy and securing our future."