HANSARD: Will the minister lift the arbitrary caps arbitrary for Canadians with families in Gaza and Sudan ?

Debates of Feb. 27th, 2024
House of Commons Hansard #286 of the 44th Parliament, 1st Session

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship
Oral Questions
February 27th, 2024 / 3:15 p.m.


Jenny Kwan Vancouver East, BC

Mr. Speaker, more than eight million people in Sudan have been displace through 10 months of war. This has been devastating for people in Sudan and for their family members in Canada.

The special immigration measure for Ukrainians set important standards, and it should apply everywhere else. Canada showed that we can help those facing war and persecution when 220,000 Ukrainians got to safety. However, the Liberals put an arbitrary 1,000-person limit for people in Gaza and 3,250 for Sudan.

Will the minister lift these caps so that no Canadians with families in war zones are discriminated against?


Marc Miller Minister of Immigration

Mr. Speaker, as the member well knows, the pathway for people fleeing war in Sudan opens today.

We worked with a number of Sudanese umbrella organizations on this important measure so that Canadians are really showing that they are opening their doors to people fleeing war. I am always ready to be more flexible as we see the situation evolve. It is clear that we, as Canadians, need to do more when it comes to, in particular, this forgotten war that is obviously getting less media attention than all the other devastating wars around the world. We are prepared to do more. We will continue to work with the umbrella organizations to make sure that they can welcome Sudanese people fleeing war.



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