Canada commits CAD 21 million for Afghan refugees in Central Asia, Pakistan

The Government of Canada on Saturday pledged CAD 21 million to assist vulnerable Afghan populations seeking refuge in Central Asia and Pakistan.

The contribution, channeled through the International Organization for Migration (IOM), aims to address the protection, health, and integration needs of Afghan nationals in the region.

The Canadian Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Ministry highlighted that the funding will support a three-year regional project, benefiting Afghan populations in Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.

The IOM will play a crucial role in utilizing these funds to enhance the capabilities of governments and local organizations in providing essential services and support.

IOM Director General Amy Pope expressed gratitude for Canada’s generous act of solidarity, emphasizing the critical importance of immediate assistance for vulnerable Afghans living in conditions of protracted displacement or seeking protection.

“This generous act of solidarity from the Government of Canada towards neighboring countries hosting vulnerable Afghans reaffirms our commitment to leave no one behind,” Pope stated.

As part of its ongoing efforts to welcome refugees and vulnerable Afghans, Canada recently received 338 Afghan nationals in Vancouver through a charter flight from Pakistan.

Canada has already surpassed its goal of welcoming at least 40,000 refugees and vulnerable Afghans since August 2021.

The total number of Afghan refugees arriving in the country under various streams has reached 43,835, showcasing Canada’s commitment to providing support and refuge to those in need.