Canada helped 145 Afghan refugees flee to Pakistan by land

Ottawa-Canada helped 145 refugees to Canada flee from Afghanistan to Pakistan by land.

A spokesman for Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino said all 145 had Canadian visas, are currently being processed in Pakistan and will be heading to Canada within “days or weeks”. ..

Alexander Cohen says most of the refugees are Afghans who are afraid of retaliation now that they helped Canada during their military mission to Afghanistan from 2001 to 2014 and the Taliban regained control of the country. ..

He says their numbers include individuals associated with the Malala Foundation, students at Malefat Girls School, and “fixers” who helped Canadian journalists cover the mission.

Overland refugees are in addition to the 3,700 Canadians, Afghan refugees, and citizens of other countries who were airlifted from Afghanistan by Canada before the US troops completed an enthusiastic withdrawal at the end of August.

On Thursday, 43 Canadians were evacuated on a flight organized by the Qatari government. This is the first passenger flight departing Afghanistan since last month. Another 10 people were evacuated on another flight to Qatar on Friday.

Cohen said the government began working with allies and neighbors before the evacuation flights were closed last month to find new routes for Afghan refugees to escape safely.

“So far, a road trip to Pakistan has been the most effective way to get people out of Afghanistan,” he said.

Authorities are working with individuals to ensure that they have the necessary documentation and working with allies, including humanitarian aid organizations, to help organize refugee land transport corps, Cohen said.

Staff of the Canadian High Commission in Islamabad have been strengthened to assist in the treatment of refugees, he said, working with the Government of Pakistan to ensure that border authorities are ready for their arrival. Said.

“We are working with refugees to assist them during their stay in Pakistan and to facilitate future trips to Canada. We will add resources as needed,” said Cohen.

“We expect more refugees to leave Afghanistan and come to Canada via Pakistan in the coming days and weeks.”

So far, 2,200 Afghan refugees have resettled in Canada and another 400 are on the move, Cohen said.

The federal government has promised to continue doing whatever it can to get people out of Afghanistan. It also promised to accept at least 20,000 refugees arriving in neighboring countries.

Canadian press

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