Minister Fraser welcomes home Afghan refugees who worked for NATO

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Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada announced yesterday that Canada will take a leading role in resettling Afghan refugees who worked for NATO.

The Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship celebrated the announcement, saying “Canada is proud to welcome refugees who worked as NATO locally engaged staff in Afghanistan and whose lives were in danger as a result. To all the Afghans who arrived today, welcome home. And thanks to the dedication of our resettlement assistance agencies and private sponsors, they’re already starting their new lives in Canada, and I know Canadians are eager to make them feel at home.”

See their news release below to learn how Canada plans to help these refugees:

December 8, 2021—Halifax, Nova Scotia—As a founding member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), which is a major contributor to international peace and security, Canada is taking a lead role in ensuring that NATO is able to resettle all its Afghan staff who were evacuated. As part of the commitment to welcome Afghan refugees, the government is resettling up to 472 NATO-identified locally engaged staff and their family members.

Today, the Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship, extended a warm virtual welcome to 265 NATO locally engaged staff and their families who landed at Halifax Stanfield International Airport. Approximately 100 will remain in Nova Scotia, and the rest will continue on to their new homes across Canada.

These former NATO employees arrived in Canada from a third country where they had been temporarily located since leaving Afghanistan. They are part of the Government of Canada’s commitment to welcome 15,000 individuals through its special humanitarian program for Afghan refugees.

As government-assisted refugees, these new arrivals can count on the help of Resettlement Assistance Program service provider organizations, like the Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia, for short- and long-term support. This includes helping them find permanent housing and providing them with information about finding a job, improving their language skills, and living in Canada generally.

The outpouring of support from Canadians for Afghan refugees to date has been outstanding. Individuals and businesses looking to get involved through volunteering, donating, sponsoring or supporting the wider resettlement efforts can learn more about how Canadians can help.

The immigration lawyers at Dhanu Dhaliwal Law Group represent clients seeking asylum in the Canada. Our refugee practice focuses on helping individuals fleeing persecution, domestic violence, or other abuses seeking justice in Canadian courts.

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