First batch of Afghan refugees reached Canada

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Their arrival comes following the announcement on July 23 of a special programme to resettle those Afghans who were integral to Canada’s mission as part of the international coalition, Hindustan Times reported. 

The first batch of Afghans, given refuge by the Canadian government as they supported its mission in Afghanistan, arrived in the country on Wednesday.

While the exact number of those refugees or where they arrived was not disclosed, more are expected in Canada over the weeks ahead.

A statement jointly released by the country’s minister of immigration, refugees and citizenship Marco Mendicino, foreign affairs minister Marc Garneau and defence minister Harjit Sajjan, said Ottawa “has been seized with the urgency on the ground and is working as quickly as possible to resettle Afghan nationals who put themselves at great risk to support Canada’s work in Afghanistan”.

Their arrival comes following the announcement on July 23 of a special programme to resettle such refugees in Canada since with the “situation in Afghanistan deteriorating rapidly, many have become Taliban targets due to their work”.

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