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e-3750 (Citizenship and immigration)

Initiated by Khalidha Nasiri from Toronto, Ontario

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the Government of Canada

  • The Taliban takeover has led to increased violence, persecution, human rights abuses, and other violations in Afghanistan, especially against women, girls, vulnerable ethnic and religious groups including Hazaras, the LGBTQ+ community, and human rights advocates;
  • The humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan continues to escalate to unprecedented levels of poverty, food insecurity, economic instability, lack of basic health services, and internal displacement;
  • The Government of Canada has committed to resettling 40,000 Afghan refugees; and,
  • The Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship is empowered by legislation to allow refugee protection on a person in exceptional circumstances.
We, the undersigned, residents of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to:
1. Use its granted powers to expedite resettlement processes to meet the quota of 40,000 Afghan refugees within 6-9 months, and commit to 95,000 over 24 months;
2. Remove barriers resulting from allocation limits imposed on Sponsorship Agreement Holders and expand the category of relatives of Afghan-Canadians eligible to be sponsored;
3. Allow applications from those internally displaced within Afghanistan through assigning Temporary Residence Permits, and assign Afghan refugees prima facie status; and
4. Consult with the Afghan-Canadian community and stakeholders on a regular and substantive basis in Canada's ongoing efforts towards Afghan refugee resettlement and humanitarian assistance.
Open for signature
December 15, 2021, at 3:14 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
January 14, 2022, at 3:14 p.m. (EDT)
Photo - Heather McPherson
Edmonton Strathcona
New Democratic Party Caucus
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