Canada to Ad­mit 25,000 Refugees This Year

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New Delhi: Canada, un­like neigh­bour­ing USA un­der the new ad­min­is­tra­tion and not­with­stand­ing re­cent at­tack in Que­bec mosque, has set a tar­get of ad­mit­ting 25,000 refugees this year, one of high­est in­take in re­cent years amid ris­ing num­ber of flee­ing peo­ple from war zones. “In 2017, Canada will wel­come 25,000 refugees from over­seas. This is one of the high­est num­bers of refugeesinCana­di­an­his­tory—dou­ble those es­tab­lished for 2015 and in pre­ced­ing years. We wel­come those flee­ing per­se­cu­tion, ter­ror and war and those who would like to add their skills to our econ­omy. Canada also plans to ad­mit 15,000 pro­tected per­sons and their de­pen­dents in Canada,” a se­nior of­fi­cial in the Cana­di­anIm­mi­gra­tionDepart­ment told ET from Ot­tawa.

In­dia is among top source coun­try for per­ma­nent res­i­den­cies (PR) in Canada and in 2016 alone over 32,000 In­di­ans were given per­ma­nent res­i­den­cies by the North Amer­i­can coun­try. In 2015 over 39,000 In­di­ans were given PR sta­tus by Ot­tawa. The cur­ren­tCana­di­anPar­lia­men­thas19 MPs of In­dian ori­gin and this in­cludes some top Cab­i­net Min­is­ters. In­di­ans com­prise 3.8% of Canada’s pop­u­la­tion. Canada is also emerg­ing as favourite des­ti­na­tion for the In­dian stu­dents.

While ad­mit­ting ei­ther refugees or PR the gov­ern­ment has no plans to lower their guard and com­pro­mise on the se­cu­rity mat­ter. Se­cu­rity screeningisan­im­por­tant­partof the over­all as­sess­ment of whether a per­son is ad­mis­si­ble to Canada, ac­cord­ing to se­nior the im­mi­gra­tion of­fi­cials. “We are con­fi­dent in our im­mi­gra­tion pro­grammes and will con­tinue to en­sure that our im­mi­gra­tion sys­tem bal­ances com­pas­sion, ef­fi­ciency and eco­nomic op­por­tu­nity, while pro­tect­ing the health, safety and se­cu­rity of Cana­di­ans.

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