Canada celebrated World Refugee Day on June 20th by celebrating their very successful and helpful resettlement programs.
As a democracy with a reputation for helping people in need and accepting very large numbers of immigrants every year, Canada resettles very large numbers of refugees from all over the world.
Refugees are people who, because of persecution in their home countries, must flee to be able to preserve their lives or lifestyles. Refugees in Canada who successfully apply for refugee status are given Permanent Residency, the right to live and work in the country with very little restriction.
After a period of time, Permanent Residents of Canada, including refugees can apply for citizenship in the “Land of Immigrants.”
Here are some statistics regarding Canada’s resettlement programs:
- Canada has resettled nearly 16,000 refugees
- Canada plans to resettle 20,000 Iraqis by 2015 and they are on-track to do so
- By 2018, Canada will resettle almost 5,000 refugees who are currently in Turkey, but originally hail from Iran or Iraq
- 6,500 Bhutanese refugees in Nepal will be resettled by 2015
- Canada is investing $5 million a year on streetlights, lanterns and stoves in Chad, Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda.
This newest iteration of the humanitarian asylum system has been in place since December 15, 2013.
Removal of Foreign Criminals Act
On June 20, 2013 The Faster Removal of Foreign Criminals Act was passed by Parliament and given royal assent. This means that this particular bit of legislation is now in effect.
The new legislation does three things:
- Makes it easier to deport foreign criminals currently in Canada,
- Make it much more difficult for criminals looking to enter Canada to do so.
- Make it easier for non-criminal visitors and immigrants to come to Canada.
- A ministerial authority which can refuse the entry of certain visitors in unusual circumstances.
The new legislation has received quite a few accolades as it aims to reduce potential problems in Canada with unlawful immigrants and potentially criminal activities.