Canada agrees to welcome 4,000 more migrants from the Americas by 2028, US says – National
The White House has released details of Canada’s contribution to a hemispheric effort at the Summit of the Americas to ease the pressure caused by irregular migration.
The United States says Canada has agreed to welcome an additional 4,000 migrants from Latin America and the Caribbean by 2028 under the Los Angeles Declaration on Migration and Protection.
The agreement also includes 50,000 additional agricultural workers this year from Mexico, Guatemala and the Caribbean.
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The federal government is also spending $26.9 million in 2022-23 on measures to address the root causes of irregular migration.
The money is earmarked for programs to improve integration and border management, protect the rights of migrants and host communities, advance gender equality and combat human trafficking humans.
The White House released the details in a backgrounder ahead of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s speech on the final day of the summit.
Officials say Trudeau will remind delegates that the COVID-19 pandemic is not over and that smaller developing countries still need support.
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Later Friday, Trudeau is meeting with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, as well as the leaders of Jamaica and the Dominican Republic.
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Trudeau met for an hour Thursday with U.S. President Joe Biden, who has agreed to a visit to Canada in the « coming months, » his first since becoming president amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
« I think we both share the same feeling that the possibilities for our hemisphere are limitless, » Biden told Trudeau, calling it « the most democratic hemisphere in the world. »
Trudeau responded by saying it is « extraordinarily important » that close partners like Canada and the United States are there for each other and for allies around the world.
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« The work we can do to uphold, project and share our values is one way to truly support and impact citizens around the world, » Trudeau said.
This, he said, helps to make the case « that democracy is not only fairer, but also better for citizens, putting food on the table, putting the future in front of them « .
The official reading of the federal government meeting mentioned their mutual support for Ukraine in its fight against Russia, and that Trudeau also referred to Canada’s support for NATO and the plan to modernize the continental defense system known as Norad’s name.
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Trudeau also « expressed support » for Biden’s proposed hemispheric « Partnership for Economic Prosperity, » but the reading does not mention whether Canada has been invited to participate.
He also pledged to work closely with the United States and other partners « to address current humanitarian assistance, protection, and irregular migration challenges in the region. »
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