An update on from the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada: Afghan resettlement and new goal for private sponsored newcomers

Marc Miller, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, recently announced that Canada met its commitment to resettle at least 40,000 Afghan nationals by the end of 2023. This initiative is one of the largest Afghan resettlement programs around the world.

Reaching this important milestone was made possible by the tireless efforts of multiple partners in Canada and abroad, including the United Nations Refugee Agency, the International Organization for Migration, non-governmental organizations, countries in the region, key advocates, and other stakeholders.

In Canada, the Afghan resettlement initiative has seen the tremendous support of provincial, territorial, and municipal governments, Canadians who have generously sponsored Afghan refugees, Sponsorship Agreement Holders, and resettlement service provider organizations who help newcomers settle into their new communities.

Miller acknowledged private sponsor dedication, advocacy, and continued efforts for Afghans that were instrumental in helping Canada achieve its commitment.

There are still many Afghans with eligible applications submitted under the Afghan special measures initiative who have not yet arrived in Canada. The Government of Canada, according to Miller, will continue to work to bring these Afghans to Canada as quickly as possible, considering the complex situation in Afghanistan and in neighbouring countries.

Also, of particular note is that in 2024, the goal for privately sponsored newcomers to Canada is now higher at 27,750 than for government-assisted at 21,115. This means PRSN’s work is more important than ever to help these private sponsors succeed!