Over 30,000 Afghan refugees arrive with IOM’s assist — International Points

IOM has labored intently with the Authorities of Canada and different companions to soundly resettle Afghans within the nation since August 2021.

“The secure and dignified resettlement of refugees globally has been a central a part of IOM’s work for greater than 70 years and we’re proud to be a part of Canada’s efforts to offer a brand new residence for tens of hundreds of susceptible Afghans,” mentioned IOM Director Basic António Vitorino.

“We proceed to work intently with the Authorities of Canada and different companions to make sure Afghans are offered the chance to restart their lives in security.”

‘A signifcant achievement’

The most recent flight included Afghans who supported Canada’s mission in Afghanistan, together with relations of former interpreters and privately sponsored people. Up to now, the programme has additionally resettled members of many marginalized teams similar to disabled individuals, ladies, and women, and LGBTIQ+ individuals.

“Welcoming 30,000 Afghans, though Afghanistan is among the largest and most troublesome resettlement efforts in Canada’s historical past, is a major achievement,” mentioned Sean Fraser, Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship.

“This milestone can also be a testomony to the dedication of our companions, together with the IOM, who proceed to assist susceptible Afghans journey safely on their journey to Canada,” he added.

“I’ve met with newcomers and seeing how they’re constructing their new lives in Canada makes us extra decided than ever to assist as many susceptible Afghans as attainable. We’ll proceed to collaborate with our companions to do the whole lot we will to carry Afghans in want of safety to security, and to offer them with a brand new residence and the assist they should thrive in Canada.”

A vital collaboration

This achievement is the results of arduous work and collaboration between IOM, the Authorities of Canada, NGOs, and different organizations working within the area.

IOM performs an important position within the resettlement course of, together with coordinating resettlement flights, helping with the appliance course of, and offering pre-departure well being assessments and pre-departure orientation periods to arrange Afghans for his or her new lives in Canada. The UN company additionally facilitates their journey to their new residence communities across the nation.

IOM collaborated with the Authorities of Canada to resettle Syrian and Iraqi refugees within the current previous, and it’ll proceed to work with its international companions to assist Canada’s pledge to welcome a minimum of 40,000 Afghans.

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