HANSARD: Jenny asks if IRCC has lost the 2900 urgent Afghan applications.

House of Commons Debates
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship
Oral Questions
May 10th, 2022 / 3:10 p.m.


Jenny Kwan (NDP) Vancouver East, BC

Mr. Speaker, today the media reported that Afghan interpreters who helped the Canadian military are being tortured and beaten by the Taliban while they wait for the government to get them to safety.

Yesterday, our committee was told that 3,800 Afghans had their identities verified by National Defence, but only 900 of those have had their applications processed. No one knew or could advise what happened to the other 2,900 applications. Meanwhile, IRCC is in complete chaos and is asking GAC to resubmit those cases.

Can the minister confirm if IRCC has lost those urgent applications?


Marie-France Lalonde (Liberal) Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Immigration

Mr. Speaker, so far, more than 12,600 Afghan refugees have arrived in Canada, and more than half of those arrived through our special immigration measures for Afghans who assisted in Canada's mission in Afghanistan. Another two flights are arriving later this week. We will not stop until we reach our goal to welcome at least 40,000 Afghan refugees to Canada.



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