Ottawa, October 10, 2023—The Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, issued the subsequent assertion:
“Earlier this 12 months, we introduced that we will welcome 15,000 migrants on a humanitarian foundation from the Western Hemisphere. We are furnishing a route to economic chances to aid handle forced displacement, as an alternative to irregular migration. Via this initiative, we are furnishing regular migration pathways to folks in the Americas by leveraging long lasting resident humanitarian and financial pathways, and temporary work plans.
“We are welcoming an supplemental 4,000 short-term international employees from the area this calendar year, lots of of whom have presently arrived in Canada. Dependent on latest tendencies, we are on monitor to fulfill this goal. In addition, we are connecting with non-governmental corporations in the location to leverage the new Economic Mobility Pathways Pilot, which can help experienced refugees and other displaced people today immigrate to Canada.
“Today, I am asserting that, as aspect of this motivation to welcome 15,000 migrants from the Americas, Canada will welcome up to 11,000 Colombians, Haitians and Venezuelans via a new humanitarian permanent home pathway.
“Starting this slide, Colombian, Haitian and Venezuelan overseas nationals positioned in Central or South The usa or the Caribbean who have prolonged relatives connections in Canada will be suitable to use for this new pathway. To qualify, the principal applicant should be a baby (irrespective of age), grandchild, wife or husband, frequent-regulation partners, mum or dad, grandparent or sibling of a Canadian citizen or lasting resident.
“Successful applicants will be offered enhanced pre-arrival services, which include an employment abilities evaluation and a referral to a settlement provider corporation in their intended local community. A lot more specific info will be readily available closer to the launch of the new pathway.
“We are actively collaborating with the United Nations Refugee Company (UNHCR) and the Intercontinental Firm for Migration (IOM) to have an understanding of the regional context and humanitarian requirements linked to migration in the Americas. We also assist the operate of the safe mobility workplaces in the area, whose goal is to think about folks for humanitarian and other normal pathways.
“In addition to our commitment to welcome 15,000 migrants, we go on to be actively engaged in the Americas on migration and safety difficulties. We are on keep track of to meet up with our aim to increase refugee resettlement from the Americas, and proceed to lend our support to the implementation of the Los Angeles Declaration on Migration and Protection, and to the North American Leaders’ Summits.
“We are escalating our support for potential-creating efforts in the area by investing $75 million above six years for assignments across Latin The us and the Caribbean. These projects target on strengthening asylum capacity and superior integrating migrants and refugees into neighborhood communities and labour markets. This support will assist nations, like those people that refugees and migrants are coming from, travelling through, or are staying hosted in, deal with the issues of irregular migration, though also improving the good quality of daily life for migrants and refugees.
“Global displacement of men and women in research of safety is at an all-time significant. The Americas are observing unparalleled figures of migrants searching for secure haven and new possibilities, in frequently hazardous circumstances these as crossing the Darien Gap. Doing the job carefully with the US, we anticipate to see these actions assistance suppress irregular migration and encourage risk-free migration as an alternate to the usually perilous irregular routes in the Americas.”