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More than 250 Afghan refugees arrive in Canada

More than 250 more Afghan refugees have arrived in Canada, including 170 human rights defenders, Ottawa announced on Tuesday.

“Many of today’s newcomers have worked for decades documenting human rights violations in Afghanistan and intend to continue their work in Canada with the assistance of Canadian and international non-governmental organizations,” the federal government argued in a press release.

The newcomers will start their life in Canada with a quarantine, before receiving assistance to resettle in the country, it was specified.

It is a privilege to welcome today this cohort of Afghan refugees, who are at risk of persecution for their work in protecting the human rights of others. […] I am grateful to them for their work in documenting and preventing human rights violations, and I am proud that they now feel at home in our country, ”commented the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Sean Fraser.

To date, around 6,750 Afghan nationals have been welcomed to the country, following the fall of Afghanistan, which returned to Taliban control after the departure of international troops.