Canada to hurry up processing of Afghan refugees as evacuations ramp up: minister – Nationwide |

2021-08-21 09:12:50

Canada will speed up processing the households of interpreters and others who supported its mission in Afghanistan to rapidly evacuate as many authorised individuals as doable, Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino stated Friday.

Mendicino made the remarks as Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan confirmed that the primary Canadian aircraft filled with Afghan refugees took 188 individuals out of the Kabul airport Thursday evening.

In an interview with The Canadian Press, Mendicino stated his division is ramping up processing Afghan refugees by including sources to the operation.

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He stated the federal government isn’t requiring passports or COVID-19 unfavorable exams from the Afghan passengers and is deferring biometric screening to a 3rd nation, the place it’s protected for evacuees and authorities officers to be screened.

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“We now have now two of our largest air carriers operating forwards and backwards from Kabul. We’re going to maintain these flights going for so long as doable,” he stated.

Mendicino stated the principle impediment stays the Taliban checkpoints that Afghans need to undergo to achieve the Kabul airport.

“It’s our expectation that each Afghan that’s eligible beneath our program be permitted protected passage to get to the airport,” he stated.

The Division of Nationwide Defence introduced this week that two C-17 transport plane had been deployed to conduct common flights out of Kabul.

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Defence Division spokeswoman Jessica Lamirande stated in an e mail Thursday that the C-17s have been reconfigured to maximise the variety of passengers they will carry and have begun to fly out and in of Kabul.

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In a tweet, Sajjan stated Thursday’s flight took out 175 Afghans and 13 international nationals.

“Canadian flights will proceed for so long as the scenario on the bottom permits,” he wrote.

Mendicino says virtually 1,000 Afghan refugees have already arrived in Canada.

“We now have been working intently with our allies, significantly with the U.S. and the U.Okay. on making certain that we’re as efficient as doable, all collectively, bringing out as many Afghans as doable and getting individuals to security,” the Liberal Chief Justin Trudeau stated at a marketing campaign cease in Winnipeg.

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He stated a number of extra round-trip flights from Kabul have been to comply with Friday.

An interpreter at present ready in Kabul to be evacuated to Canada together with his spouse and three kids stated the Taliban militants knocked on his door Friday morning asking what he does for a dwelling and why he’s not in his house province.

The interpreter that The Canadian Press isn’t naming to guard his security stated he needed to mislead the militants by telling them he labored at a bakery store and he’s in Kabul for work.

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“They have been looking out each home the place I stay,” stated the interpreter who beforehand labored with the Canadian Armed Forces in Kandahar.

He stated he submitted his software for resettlement in Canada final month and he and his spouse visited the Canadian Embassy in Kabul on Aug. 5, earlier than the Taliban took management of the Afghan capital.

He stated he has not heard from the Canadian authorities since then.

“It is vitally harmful to be in Kabul,” he stated. “Issues are getting worse hour by hour.”

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He stated he could make his approach to the Kabul airport however he’s not positive he’ll be capable to get inside together with his household due to the big crowd of individuals ready outdoors.

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“It’s a really troublesome scenario outdoors,” he stated. “I’ve seen some movies from outdoors the gate ? and they’re taking pictures within the air simply to scare the individuals.”

Canada is making an attempt to evacuate Afghans together with former interpreters and help employees in addition to their households, who at the moment are susceptible to Taliban arrest or worse for having labored with the Canadian navy and different organizations.

The Trudeau authorities promised final week to resettle 20,000 refugees who’ve already fled Afghanistan.

Veterans and advocates have complained for weeks in regards to the authorities’s dealing with of the disaster. Their issues embrace difficult varieties for Afghans to fill out, unrealistic and complicated software necessities and full silence from the division after paperwork has been submitted.

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