Mark Miller, Canada's Minister of Immigration, announced the arrival of 333 Afghan nationals in Winnipeg, Canada, on Thursday, December 7th. This group, which arrived via a chartered airplane from Pakistan, will continue their journey to approximately 33 communities across Canada, including Edmonton, Ottawa, and Toronto. This movement is part of Canada's ongoing efforts to resettle Afghan refugees following the recent political changes in Afghanistan.
Canada's Commitment to Afghan Refugees
Since August 2021, following the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan and the onset of Taliban rule, Canada has welcomed over 43,000 Afghan refugees. These individuals, described as some of the most vulnerable Afghans, have found a safe haven in Canada amidst the political upheaval and societal changes occurring in their home country. The Taliban's repressive measures, particularly those affecting women's freedom and education, have resulted in a significant increase in the number of Afghan refugees seeking safety and stability abroad. According to the UN Children's Fund, more than a million girls are affected by the ban on education in Afghanistan.
Despite fulfilling its initial commitment to bring 40,000 Afghan nationals to the country by the end of October, the Canadian government continues its humanitarian operations for Afghanistan. The arrival of the 333 Afghan nationals on December 7th signifies a continuation of Canada's commitment to providing support and safety to Afghan refugees. In addition to its evacuation and resettlement efforts, Canada has also launched a website to provide resources and guidance for its many special humanitarian operations for Afghanistan.
Aside from the resettlement efforts in Canada, it is important to note Pakistan's role in the refugee crisis. As of November 30, Pakistan has deported over 400,000 Afghans. The deportation of such a large number of people has further intensified the need for international cooperation and support to address the ongoing refugee crisis.