Canada marks 10,000 arrivals of Afghan refugees

News release

March 30, 2022—Ottawa, Ontario – Today, Canada marked an important milestone by welcoming over 10,000 Afghan refugees since August 2021. The latest newcomers arrived in Toronto, Ontario, on a charter flight with nearly 300 Afghan nationals.

The Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, was in in Toronto to welcome the newcomers and to show Canada’s continued dedication to supporting them and the world’s most vulnerable.

This effort is the result of an ongoing collaboration between the Government of Canada and international partners, as we work tirelessly to facilitate the safe passage of Afghan refugees. Provinces and Territories and countless domestic organizations have helped resettle refugees across the country. Canadians, volunteers, and the private and non-governmental sectors, including several veterans organizations, have also generously given their time, services, expertise, financial contributions and in-kind donations to support these ongoing efforts. Together, we are making a difference in the lives of newcomer families across the country and providing immediate and longer-term support to those who need it most.

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