Canada Leading towards New Vision for Refugees

With creating a new vision towards the refugees across borders, Canada’s immigration minister, Ahmed Hussen shares his thoughts over accepting refugees as people who have assets to contribute in the provinces of Canada through their talents and skills. Refugees with employable skills are targeted and channeled through the country’s economic – class immigration programs.

The immigration minister focuses on a vice versa benefit for the country and the refugees by accelerating a pilot launched last year, linking skilled refugees with the existing economic – class immigration programs. Based on the latest United Nations global trends report, Canada ranks No. 1 for refugee resettlement by accepting 28,100 refugees for permanent resettlement in 2018. The number of refugees, who became Canadian citizens in 2018, was recorded to rise by 18,000 up from 10,000 in the year before.

Canada has always been known for its warm welcoming practice, compassion, equality, and safety for its citizens and immigrants. Countries worldwide respect these principles; which are expected to demonstrate their leadership by the upcoming federal election campaign. The initiative will be taken ahead by Economic Mobility Pathways Project (EMPP) based on a program conceived by the United States-based refugee resettlement organization Talent beyond Borders.

More than 200 professions have been represented by the candidates registered under the Talent beyond Borders program. These include fields like Engineering, Health Care, Information Technology, Accounting, and University Education.

In partnership with Talent beyond Boundaries, RefugePoint and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), IRCC administers the EMPP. Moreover, EMPP enables IRCC to assess and evaluate barriers that some skilled refugees may face while immigrating to Canada. The refugees, who are eligible and skilled as per the requirements, are referred to the nominee programs in provinces like Manitoba, Ontario, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia and Yukon. The immigration ministry is hoping for an increase in a number of candidates immigrating through the EMPP.

Working further on an established level for this program, Hussen looks forward to countering the misconception that the refugees are “drains in the system”. Additionally, over the call was taken up the government and the stakeholders who care about refugee issues, Hussen brings up an inclination for the importance to constantly cite the economic advantage of the refugees.


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