With a flight arriving in Toronto from the United Arab Emirates yesterday, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) has assisted in the safe resettlement of 20,000 Afghan refugees to Canada since August 2021.
Three hundred and thirty-seven people, including 121 children, arrived on Thursday afternoon EST, accompanied by three IOM escorts.
“The safe and dignified resettlement of refugees around the world has been at the heart of IOM’s work for more than 70 years,” said IOM Director General António Vitorino.
“We continue to work closely with the Government of Canada and others to ensure that tens of thousands of vulnerable Afghans have the opportunity to restart their lives in a safe and supportive environment.
IOM’s long-standing partnerships with the Government of Canada have enabled the resettlement of Syrian and Iraqi refugees in the recent past, and the Organization will continue to work with partners globally to support Canada’s engagement. to accept at least 40,000 Afghan refugees.
In addition to coordinating resettlement flights, IOM assists refugees with the application process and provides pre-departure health assessments and pre-departure orientation sessions to prepare them for their new life in Canada. IOM is also facilitating their journey to their new home communities across the country.
Alongside the wider humanitarian community, IOM is committed to assisting vulnerable displaced people in Afghanistan, particularly ethnic minorities and other marginalized groups, such as people with disabilities, women and girls, and LGBTIQ+ people (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex and homosexual). .