Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pledged an additional $26.9 million for projects related to migration and protection in the Americas and Canada’s willingness to accept another 4,000 refugees of these two continents by 2028 during the 9e Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles.
“Canada values its deep and long-standing partnerships with countries in the Americas, which are essential to improving people’s lives by driving economic growth that benefits everyone, advancing gender equality and fighting global change. climate,” Trudeau said.
“At this productive Summit of the Americas, we recommitted to continue working together to build a better future for people across the hemisphere.
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Fight against irregular migration
At the summit, Canada also pledged to support Venezuelan refugees and fund the fight against human trafficking.
Trudeau also announced other steps Canada is taking to address the irregular migration crisis, including endorsing the Los Angeles Declaration on Migration and Protectionadvancing promotion and recruitment efforts related to Canada’s Francophone immigration program and welcoming more than 50,000 agricultural workers from Mexico, Guatemala and the Caribbean this year.
In the Los Angeles Declaration on Migration and ProtectionCanada joined 19 other countries, including the United States, in recognizing the positive contributions of refugees and migrants to the socio-economic development of their host communities.
“We commend the sustained efforts of states in our hemisphere to welcome refugees, provide regular migration pathways, promote local economic and social integration, facilitate voluntary return, and support the reintegration of returnees,” reads the joint country statement. .
The countries that have signed this declaration are:
- Costa Rica;
- El Salvador;
- United States, and;
Figures from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) show that 19,810 refugees became new permanent residents of Canada last year.
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By the end of April this year, another 11,590 refugees had become new permanent residents of Canada, putting the country on track to welcome a total of 34,770 refugees this year if the current trend continues.
The increase in the number of refugees arriving in Canada is fueled, in part, by the unlimited number of Ukrainians that Ottawa has committed to welcoming under the Canada-Ukraine Emergency Travel Authorization (CUAET).
It was created on March 17 to help Ukrainians forced to flee after Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine on February 24 and offers them and their immediate family members temporary residency in Canada for a maximum period of three years.
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Under the CUAET, these refugees are entitled to free open work permits and study permits and can therefore take up employment with almost any Canadian employer or enroll in any educational program. in Canada.
They are also eligible for a one-time payment under the Canada-Ukraine Transitional Assistance Initiative (CUTAI) of $3,000 per adult and $1,500 per child as well as settlement services, including language training, information about life in Canada and help finding a job. .
Parents and guardians can access this financial support by submitting an application for themselves, a spouse and dependents. Payments will be made by direct deposit, so applicants will need to have a bank account with a Canadian financial institution in the same name as the name on the adult’s temporary resident status document, i.e. say their work permit, study permit, temporary residence permit or visitor record.
Once in Canada, Ukrainian refugees can apply for permanent residency and any work experience they gain or study while in the country will only enhance their Comprehensive filing system (CRS) if they decide to complete Express Entry profiles and apply for permanent residency.
Canada agrees to help establish new financial aid for countries hosting migrant populations
By signing the joint declaration at the Summit of the Americas, Canada commits to work with other nations to:
- convene multilateral development banks, international financial institutions and traditional donors to establish new instruments of financial support to countries hosting migrant populations;
- improve regional cooperation mechanisms for law enforcement information sharing, protection-sensitive border management, visa regimes and regularization processes;
- Strengthen temporary labor migration pathways, where possible, that benefit countries in the region, including through new programs fostering employer-worker linkages, strong safeguards for ethical recruitment and legal protections for workers’ rights, and;
- improving access to public and private services for migrants and refugees to promote their social and economic inclusion in host communities.
After hitting a record immigration level, with 405,970 new permanent residents to the country last year, Canada has announced it will welcome 431,645 new permanent residents this year, 447,055 next year and 451,000 in 2024. .
Canada’s openness to refugees has made it a darling of the United Nations Refugee Agency.
“Most of the refugees arrived in Canada with little or no financial resources, and often had to learn a new language and adapt to a new culture,” the UN agency noted.
“Despite these challenges, the results show that refugees are not simply benefiting from the safety that Canada offers them. In fact, they take advantage of the opportunity that Canada offers to build a better life and become important contributors to the country’s economy and cultural diversity.