Delay in relocation of Afghans: Canadian govt under fire

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Delay in relocation of Afghans: Canadian govt under fire

KABUL (Pajhwok): The Canadian government has come under flak for delaying the process of resettlement of Afghan interpreters.

New Democratic Party MP Jenny Kwan hit out at the Liberal government for requiring Afghan interpreters to meet more formalities before they could bring their families to Canada.

The government had sought even more documentation from their family members seeking asylum in Canada, the NDP lawmaker deplored.

“Afghan interpreters and their families have gone through enough,” Kwan said in a statement. “The government decided to complicate the process even more for these Afghan interpreters and their family members…”

The Afghan interpreters have been given 30 days to submit additional documents, or their families’ applications may be refused.

The MP said the families had already submitted abundant documentation to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) when they first applied.

She reminded the authorities of their promise to bring the families of Afghan interpreters to safety in Canada.

“Former Afghan interpreters are part of the Canadian military family — they deserve recognition,” insisted Kwan.

The NDP once again asked the Liberals to issue single-travel journey documents to the family members to reach a third country and, from there, organise evacuation flights to reunite them with their loved ones in Canada.


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