“We should keep the door open to all possibilities”, says Mendicino

Aneela SiddiquiWeb Editor

21st Aug, 2021. 11:59 am

Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino said on Friday that if asked, Canada would consider accepting more Afghan refugees on behalf of the US or other allies.

“We should keep the door open to all possibilities,” he said.

In the midst of a Taliban takeover of Afghanistan that occurred in days, rather than weeks, Canada is part of a coalition of countries desperately trying to evacuate  the citizens of Afghan who have supported the missions of West in the land of Afghanistan over the years.

Although  Canada withdrew the majority of its troops from Afghanistan in the year of 2011, it remained involved in a mission of NATO in order to train Afghan military forces until 2014.

According to a statement, the Canadian Armed Forces evacuated 175 vulnerable Afghans and 13 foreign nationals from Kabul late Thursday, and the evacuations “are scheduled to continue on a regular basis so long as the security situation permits.”

According to the minister, the independent tribunal that examines asylum claims in Canada has agreed to accelerate the applications of Afghan refugee, which is a critical step in allowing asylum applicants to rejoin their families. Separately, Canada announced last week that it would resettle 20,000 Afghan refugees who had previously fled the country.




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