Canada should increase the number of refugees it receives, and more of them should be beneficiaries of economic immigration programs, Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen said on World Refugee Day.
As Canada joined the other countries of the world to celebrate World Refugee Day on Thursday, 20 June, Hussen urged Canada to do better in the number of refugees it resettles per year and the mode of the resettlement. The immigration minister acknowledged that it is not possible for Canada to take all refugees in the world, citing latest United Nations figure that estimated the number of refugees in the world to be close to 26 million but emphasized more can be done.
Hussen, who also entered Canada as a refugee, is calling for Canada immigration system to make more room for refugees. I will continue to do my best in whatever capacity to see Canada resettle more refugees each year, he said to participants in a conference. He explained that a way to bring about a significant increase in the number of refugees welcomed is to go beyond humanitarian programs by opening economic immigration streams to them.
A pilot program launched last year has seen a refugee enter Canada through economic immigration streams. The pilot program was aimed at moving skilled refugees in the Middle East and Kenya to Canada in the same manner as provincial nominee program (PNP).
Hussen's aim is to see the pilot taken to the next level in order to bring in more refugees. He wants refugees seeing as people who have talents and skills needed in Canada instead of people who are merely resettlement seekers and passive recipients of aids.
In 2018, Canada permanently resettled 28,100 refugees hence ranked first among other countries according to the UN report. That number is expected to rise to 29,950 this year.
Despite this impressive figure, Hussen is concerned about the way refugees might be tagged in the upcoming election. He does not want Canadians talking about refugees in ways that insult their humanity and dignity, as is this case in many other countries.
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