Canada to Home 5,000 Afghan Refugees Evacuated by the U.S. – Minister

Canada said that it will resettle some 5,000 Afghans who were relocated by the United States after the last American troops’ withdrawal from Kabul on Tuesday, August 31.

Reuters reported that Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino said, “We know there is more to do with allied evacuation operations ending. We’re pulling out all the stops to help as many Afghans as possible who want to make their home in Canada.”

The Star news reported that Canada received more than 2,500 applications from Afghan interpreters and civilians who served the Canadian troops, which represented 8,000 people since Ottawa presented an immigration program to assist former local staff who have become the militants’ targets. 

Mendocino said that about 3,500 of those people have arrived in the country and immigration officials will continue to process pending applications, without losing touch with those who are left in Afghanistan.

Foreign Affairs Minister Marc Garneau said that Canada, along with 90 other countries, issued a joint statement that says “all foreign nationals and Afghan citizens who hold a travel authorization issued by one of our countries will be allowed to travel to the points of departure and leave the country safely and in an orderly fashion.”

Garneau added, “This will be the first true test for the Taliban from the international community. We will judge them by their actions, not their words.”

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