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Government of Canada welcomes more refugees seeking freedom from persecution

posted Feb 25, 2011, 9:29 AM by Milorad Borota   [ updated Feb 25, 2011, 12:19 PM ]

Ottawa, February 23, 2011 — The arrival of 50 Montagnard refugees who had fled persecution in Vietnam was announced today by Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism.

Canada agreed, at the emergency request of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), to resettle a group of Vietnamese Montagnard refugees who had been under risk of return to Vietnam.
“We are committed to further strengthening Canada’s role as a global leader in refugee protection,” Minister Kenney said. “That is why the Government of Canada committed, as part of the measures to reform Canada’s asylum system, to increase the total number of genuine refugees resettled annually by 20 percent, including those seeking freedom from persecution.”
"These refugees came to Canada the legal way, applying to the UNHCR and then being selected for resettlement. They didn't pay human smugglers to jump the queue, or try to abuse our immigration system by lying to Immigration Canada," added Minister Kenney.

Read the news release...