Canada to Accept 5,000 Iraqi and Iranian Refugees – Immigration Department

Iraqi refugees in Damascus, Syria. The Canadian government pledged to resettle 20,000 Iraqi refugees in Canada in 2009 and 2010 (James Gordon)

While visiting Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s (CIC) office in Ankara, Turkey, Immigration Minister Jason Kenney announced that the federal government will resettle up to 5,000 Iraqi and Iranian refugees who are currently residing in Turkey.

The move is intended to relieve pressure from Turkey, which is dealing with a massive influx of Syrian refugees.

Kenny said that the federal government would only accept “bona-fide” refugees that the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) designates as refugees.

CIC says that the resettlement plan is intended to partly fulfil the commitment it made in 2009 and 2010 to resettle up to 20,000 Iraqi refugees.

The Canadian refugee program is among the most generous in the world, with only one country, Australia, accepting more per capita every year.

The government has increased the number of refugees it resettles every year for the past three years and plans on admitting 14,500 refugees and other individuals on humanitarian and compassionate grounds in 2013.

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  • I’m a guy Iraqian I live in turky are 27 years (184) cm (79) kg I do not have anything sick and I speak four (4) languages ​​(italy, persian, arabic and kurdish) I was in school 13 years and I live alone and a sister and my mom terroresti killed my father that after the war in 2004, and he chose to go in the military and was two years in the military from 21.03.2006 and died in Kerkuk killed after trying to terroresti unsuccessfully to work with them to make bombs or uccidare military or the Iraqi people, I chose to run away to go outside the country to seek a life and work because I had no money to live and my sister went to with vivare with a guy always in iraq now I do not know where they have nothing to live can not live always afraid to go die and now I’m living in turkya to try to find something for a life without fear, however, we are not in turkya tranqueli and do not work, I want the Government canda that takes me or help me to a new life that I want to work and study help canadian government forever, I ask the country of Canada to accept help us to start and bring life in canada thanks for the help thanks for rispondare soon please

  • Minister Jason Kenney is one weird fellow!!

  • my names aram idris saleem lam 22 years old l just finished the high school after l was worked for ministery of local in ninawa because l was the security guard in the center of the ninawa or mosel city the isis took over the city in the 10/6/2014 we are escape to the mountains we live in the away from mosel ninawa so l really ask the government of canda to takes me to anew life and find me a new bright life because the canada is only country can l except to the life and living there forever please help me out lm going to be slay out by the isis soon

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