This year, the country will host 45,000 refugees, a significant increase from the 23,500 planned.
More than 40,000 refugees and their families reside in Canada while waiting to become permanent residents. So far this year, 17,900 people have been granted this status.
Canada welcomed more than 30,000 refugees in 2019 and more than 9,000 last year, in the midst of the pandemic.
The contribution of refugees to the country is one of the reasons why Canada shines so much, said Mr. Mendicino. We have seen refugees give back to their new community and to their country, even during the pandemic.
In addition to this announcement, the Minister also announced two new initiatives on the eve of World Refugee Day on Sunday.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada explained that the strengthening of the Pilot on the path to economic mobility (PVAME), a program launched in 2018, will make it possible to
overturn the stereotype which only identifies refugees as
The PVAME recognizes the talent and skills of refugees by welcoming them through economic immigration streams. Some 500 new people will be able to apply to this project, extended for two years by the government.
On Friday, Mendicino announced new measures to improve this project, including eliminating fees and speeding up the application process for permanent resident status.
People from all over the world have sought refuge in Canada, people who have started the next chapter of their lives here., expressed the minister.
Mr. Mendicino also announced more support for refugee sponsorship programs by investing $ 3 million over two years in nine Canadian organizations.
The country will also become the second to chair a Comprehensive Framework for Regional Protection and Solutions event for Central America and Mexico, which will take place in July. The Canadian government will address the protection and empowerment of refugee women and girls.