"Calgary, AB, June 20, 2013 — The Government of Canada has
resettled almost 16,000 refugees to date and is on track to meet its commitment
of resettling 20,000 Iraqis by 2015, Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship,
Immigration and Multiculturalism announced today on World Refugee Day. This
represents the largest single commitment to resettle a refugee population in
over 25 years.
To mark World Refugee Day, Minister Kenney will also participate in a
roundtable with refugees hosted by the Calgary Catholic Immigration Society and
the Roman Catholic Diocese of Calgary tonight.
"Canada has a long humanitarian tradition of providing protection to those
truly in need and we welcome one in ten resettled refugees, more than almost any
other country in the world," said Minister Kenney. "On World Refugee Day,
we should be proud of Canada's major contributions to global efforts to resettle
vulnerable refugee populations, and also recognize the efforts of countless
organizations and individuals in Canada who help refugees to Canada settle,
integrate and succeed in their new home."
Canada works closely with private sponsors, other countries and the United
Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to find viable long-term
solutions to help refugees around the world. Canada already has one of the most
generous resettlement programs in the world and the government is working to
increase the total number of refugees and other individuals in vulnerable
circumstances that we resettle each year. The Government of Canada has already
increased resettlement assistance by 20 percent.
By 2018, Canada will also resettle up to 5,000 mostly Iranian and Iraqi
refugees currently in Turkey by 2018. This effort will help Turkey deal with
growing pressures as a result of escalating violence in the region.
In addition, Canada also recently committed to resettling up to 1,000 more
Bhutanese refugees over the next two years, many of whom already have family
ties here. In total, Canada will resettle up to 6,500 Bhutanese refugees who had
been living for nearly two decades in refugee camps in Nepal. More than 5,000
Bhutanese refugees have already arrived in Canada.
Canada's new asylum system, which came into force on December 15, 2012, has
been implemented successfully and is already exceeding expectations.
"Under our new asylum system, genuine refugees fleeing persecution will
receive protection more quickly—in a matter of months, not years," said
Minister Kenney. "At the same time, by removing unfounded failed asylum
claimants faster, we are ensuring that Canadians will continue to have faith in
our asylum system and support our important humanitarian efforts."
Minister of International Cooperation Julian Fantino also made an important
announcement regarding humanitarian assistance for refugees today. The
Government of Canada is investing $5 million over one year to provide refugees
in Chad, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Uganda with three innovative technologies:
streetlights, lanterns, and fuel-efficient stoves. This investment seeks to make
refugee camps safer at night, especially for women and girls, who are more
vulnerable to sexual violence."
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