Speaking on the occasion of “World Refugee Day”, Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen said that Canada could admit more refugees. It could do so by channeling skilled refugees through Canada’s economic migration programs.
Mr. Hussen also said that he would like to expand the pilot that links skilled refugees to various PNPs in Canada. The pilot which was launched last year links skilled refugees from the Middle East and East Africa with existing PNPs.
The Economic Mobility Pathways Project is modeled on the US-based Talent Beyond Borders. TBB has registered a number of refugees from Jordan and Lebanon, a third of whom have undergraduate degrees. 40% of these refugees are competent in English. The registered refugees with TBB belong to a number of fields like IT, Engineering, Health Care, Education and Accounting.
The EMPP is run by the IRCC in partnership with the following:
- Talent Beyond Boundaries
- United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
The EMPP refers eligible refugees registered with the UNHCR to PNPs of the following provinces:
- Nova Scotia
- Newfoundland & Labrador
Refugees who successfully obtain a provincial nomination can proceed to apply for Canadian Permanent Residence.
The EMPP also evaluates various challenges that these refugees may face while migrating via economic migration programs.
So far, only a few refugees have been admitted into Canada through the EMPP. Mr Hussen would like to change that, as quoted by CIC News.
As per a report by UNHCR, Canada has resettled more refugees in 2018 than any other country in the world. 28,100 refugees were taken in by Canada and resettled across 25 countries in 2018.
The number of refugees who were granted Canadian citizenship increased to 18,000 in 2018 from 10,000 in 2017.
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