June 20 was World Refugee Day, and it was commemorated by Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly, Minister of International Development Harjit S. Sajjan, and Minister of IRCC Sean Fraser.
Their statement included the purpose of World Refugee Day, which is to reflect on the struggles faced by refugees and also the contributions of those seeking asylum to their new countries. They also touched on Canada’s proud history of humanitarianism, which includes supporting and taking in a large number of refugees each year, including the 40,000 Afghans to be resettled within the country.
This year, Canada has also launched the Global Task Force on Refugee Labour Mobility and will resume the Blended Visa Office-Referred Refugee (BVOR) Program, which enables Canadians to sponsor refugees. Canada continues to be a world leader in accepting and integrating refugees today.