Fraser, the Minister responsible for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, along with Joly, the Minister in charge of Foreign Affairs, and Harjit S. , the Minister of Defence, all serve as respected members of the government. Harjit Sajjan, the Minister in charge of International Development and the Pacific Economic Development Agency of Canada, released the following statement today:
On World Refugee Day, we pay tribute to the resilience and bravery of millions of refugees, demonstrating compassion and comprehension towards their difficult circumstances. In Canada, we have a long-standing tradition of providing a new home for the most disadvantaged individuals, and refugees are crucial in fostering growth and unity within our societies. To commemorate the theme of this year’s World Refugee Day, Hope Away From Home, our attention is directed towards the hope-inspiring opportunities that Canada offers to refugees and displaced individuals.
The global population of displaced individuals is rapidly increasing at an unprecedented pace. Canada remains at the forefront globally, taking the lead with life-saving resettlement initiatives that provide secure sanctuary within its borders. We maintained our position as the leading nation globally in terms of resettlement for the fourth consecutive year, as we extended our welcome to more than 47,500 refugees from over 80 nations in 2022. As of now, we have provided refuge to over 88,000 Syrian immigrants and over 33,000 Afghans who have fled from the Taliban due to persecution. We are still on schedule to relocate a minimum of 40,000 vulnerable Afghans by the end of this year, representing one of the most substantial pledges globally.