Arisnel Mesidor, M.A., RCIC
Most Ukrainians coming to Canada because of the current conflict will likely return home
Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), said on Friday that most Ukrainians who want to come to Canada do not intend to stay and will return home when the war ends.
The minister added that this was one of the main reasons why the Canadian government allows Ukrainian nationals "unlimited" entry into the country. The Ukrainian-Canadian community also confirms that many Ukrainians coming to Canada from their war-torn homeland do not wish to settle here.
According to the minister, a refugee resettlement program would have been taken too long in considering how to bring Ukrainians to Canada. The federal government is also waiving most visa requirements for temporary visitors. The minister's response to calls for Ukrainian refugees to be able to travel visa-free was that the necessary regulatory and IT changes would have taken 12 to 14 weeks to implement.
Sean Fraser also said that, the federal government wants to prevent those fighting against Ukrainian forces, such as in the separatist Donbas region of Ukraine, from getting into the program.