HANSARD: Jenny asks if Afghans and other visible minorities fleeing Putin's war will be resettled

House of Commons Debate
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship
Oral Questions
March 4th, 2022 / 11:25 a.m.

 

Jenny Kwan (NDP) Vancouver East, BC

Mr. Speaker, thousands of Afghans were in refugee camps in Ukraine. Now, they are now forced to flee their second humanitarian crisis as Putin invades the country. Kamila Safi walked hours to the border less than 48 hours after she gave birth. Her family was rejected six times trying to leave Ukraine at the Slovakia-Poland border. They faced racial discrimination. Their application to seek refuge in Canada did not even get a response from the government. Their situation is not unique.

Will the Liberals help resettle Afghans and other visible minorities fleeing Putin's war?

 

Sean Fraser (Liberal) Minister of Immigration

Mr. Speaker, I thank the hon. member for her question and I would share that it is completely unacceptable and egregious that anyone fleeing war would be discriminated against on the basis of the colour of their skin or their country of origin. We have, to date, already resettled a number of Afghan refugees who transited through Ukraine. To the extent that there are individual case files, of course the timelines can differ depending on the complexity of those cases, but we are working to make good on our commitment to resettle 40,000 Afghan refugees regardless of which country they transit through, because we have stated that publicly. We will not go back until we have completed our effort successfully.

 

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