Canada pays tribute to refugees around the world and shows them its solidarity

Canada pays tribute to refugees around the world and shows them its solidarity
Canada pays tribute to refugees around the world and shows them its solidarity

Statement

Canada pays tribute to refugees around the world and shows them its solidarity

Ottawa, June 20, 2024 – The Honorable Marc Miller, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, the Honorable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and the Honorable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of International Development, made the following statement today today:

“Today, on World Refugee Day, the international community pays tribute and shows solidarity with the millions of refugees, while pledging to continue working together to meet their humanitarian needs and find solutions to their plight situations. Worldwide, more than 117 million people have been forced to abandon their homes due to persecution, conflict, violence, human rights violations and natural disasters. The global refugee population increased by 7% to 43.4 million in 2023. Compared to the previous decade, the total number of refugees worldwide has more than tripled. It is one of the greatest global challenges we face today. Now more than ever, refugees need our solidarity, and that’s why Canada was one of the leading refugee resettlement countries last year.

“Our resettlement commitments aim to bring refugees designated by the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and other referral partners as government-sponsored refugees safely to Canada. We plan to renew our commitments to Africa and the Middle East and commit to the Asia-Pacific by welcoming 12,000 refugees from each region over the next three years. We will also continue to resettle refugees from the Americas, human rights defenders and other vulnerable people.

“In the coming year, our country will also welcome more than 27,000 refugees sponsored by private groups. Through this program, we work with sponsors to resettle vulnerable and at-risk individuals. For example, through our partnership with the Rainbow Refugee Society, hundreds of privately sponsored LGBTQI+ refugees have been able to resettle in Canada with their families since 2012. This partnership has also inspired the creation of other partnerships, notably with Rainbow Railroad, whose members draw on their trusted relationships and expertise with LGBTQI+ communities around the world to help more of their members and their families find refuge in Canada.

“We also express our sincere appreciation for the generosity of host countries who have supported refugees for periods of up to decades, while maintaining open door policies for new refugee populations. despite their own socio-economic and natural disasters.

“Last year, Canada paid $96 million to UNHCR in international aid. This funding primarily addresses the emergency needs of vulnerable populations, including access to health care, education and livelihoods. Canada also provided funds to Afghan refugees and host communities in Pakistan following the devastating 2022 floods.

“Canada also helps countries access the resources they need to support refugees. That’s why we’re investing $75 million over six years in capacity-building projects in Latin America and the Caribbean that will help countries in the region better respond to large-scale forced displacement and irregular migration. These new projects will notably help Ecuador improve access to protection for forcibly displaced people and the processing of their asylum requests, strengthen Peru’s asylum system, and to expand the protection and integration of migrants into local communities and the Brazilian workforce.

“In addition, Canada has just announced $450,000 in funding over three years to support Phase II of the Refugee Education Council, an advisory body made up of young people from Africa, Asia, the Middle East and South America who have been affected by displacement and are working to improve access to quality education in their communities. The advisory body will provide strategic advice on the education of refugee, displaced and community-based children and young people.

“Canada recognizes the current challenges facing refugees and their need for refuge and protection, but also the remarkable contributions they make to the communities that host them. We thank the people and organizations who welcome refugees and help them settle into their new lives. We will continue to lead by example in refugee resettlement by working with our partners, in Canada and abroad, to provide the most vulnerable with the protection they need and the opportunity to rebuild their lives. »

For more information (media representatives only), please contact:

Aissa Diop
Communications Director
Minister’s office
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
[email protected]

Media Relations
Communications sector
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
613-952-1650
[email protected]

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