Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Thursday that Canada would be prioritizing immigration applications from Ukrainians fleeing the Russian invasion.
The Department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) would priority-process applications for “proof of citizenship, permanent residence, and temporary residence, including study and work permits for Ukrainian nationals who want to study, work, reunite with family, or start a new life in Canada.”
The federal government has also implemented measures to quickly issue travel documents to facilitate the crossing of Canadian citizens, Canadian permanent residents, and their immediate family members in Ukraine to neighboring countries or back to Canada.
Federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh called on the government to prioritize humanitarian aid and safe havens for Ukrainians seeking refuge in Canada.
Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown also called for Canada to open its doors to displaced Ukrainians that may need a safe home.
“Canada has always welcomed those fleeing violence and persecution,” Brown wrote.
“Russia’s invasion of Ukraine may kill thousands or hundreds of thousands of people; millions would be displaced,” said Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC) CEO and executive director Ihor Michalchyshyn.
“The resulting humanitarian crisis would be the worst in Europe since World War II,” Michalchyshyn added.
In Poland, its government was discussing the creation of refugee camps for Ukrainians while hotels were temporarily used to house those fleeing violence.
Meanwhile, Romania, Slovakia, Hungary, Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia were also preparing for refugees.
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