Canada’s response to the situation in Afghanistan

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Afghan refugees who have arrived in Canada, under all streams since August 2021

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What we’re doing

The Government of Canada is working hard to resettle at least 40,000 Afghan refugees in Canada as quickly and safely as possible. We developed several special programs and measures that reflect the long and enduring relationship we have with Afghans, and to protect some of the most vulnerable groups in Afghanistan.

Through our special programs, we’ll resettle

We’ll continue to explore other options and pathways to bring Afghans to Canada, such as the Economic Mobility Pathways Pilot.

Afghan resettlement programs

Learn about our special programs to resettle vulnerable Afghans to Canada

Special measures for Afghan applications

Learn about the special measures in place to support Afghans in Canada and abroad

Help for Canadians in Afghanistan

Supports available for Canadian citizens and permanent residents currently in Afghanistan

Our commitment

We’re proud to be among the first countries to launch a humanitarian resettlement program for Afghan refugees, and we’re proud of what we’ve accomplished so far. Our commitment is one of the largest in the world, but we’re determined to do more to help vulnerable Afghans.

How our refugee system works

To welcome Afghan refugees, and help them adjust to life here in Canada, we’re working closely with

Afghan refugees arrive in Canada as government-assisted or privately sponsored refugees. Learn more about how Canada’s refugee system works.

Get involved

Afghans arrive at Vancouver airport

There are different ways Canadians can help. Find out how to volunteer, donate or sponsor an Afghan refugee.

Follow the journey

Afghans arrive at Vancouver airport

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The situation in Afghanistan

Political situation in Afghanistan

Learn what Canada is doing about the situation in Afghanistan

International cooperation

Find out how Canada is working with international partners to support Afghans

Canadian Armed Forces operation

Find out how the Canadian Armed Forces contributed to the evacuations

Government of Canada news

Announcement Date
Statement by Ministers Joly, Fraser, Sajjan and Anand one year after fall of Afghanistan August 14, 2022
Afghan newcomers to celebrate first Canada Day June 30, 2022
School programs help Afghan children thrive in Canada June 24, 2022
Afghan newcomers continue to arrive in Canada June 17, 2022
Canada marks 15,000 arrivals of Afghan refugees June 10, 2022
Canada celebrates Pride Month by helping Afghan LGBTQ2 individuals June 3, 2022
Settlement organizations help Afghan refugees adjust to new life in Canada May 27, 2022
Businesses offer jobs for Afghan newcomers May 13, 2022
Afghan journalists find freedom of expression in Canada May 6, 2022
Canadians continue to support Afghan refugees across the country April 29, 2022
Canada marks 10,000 arrivals of Afghan refugees March 30, 2022
Service provider helps connect Afghan newcomers to meaningful employment March 25, 2022
Minister Fraser meets with Afghan newcomers and settlement services organizations in Alberta March 18, 2022
Afghan women and girls make their mark in Canada March 11, 2022
Canadian educational institutions support Afghan newcomers March 4, 2022
Canadians continue to welcome Afghan refugees in their communities February 18, 2022
Canada continues to welcome more Afghan refugees February 11, 2022
Canada welcomes over 200 Afghan refugees to Vancouver January 19, 2022
Afghan human rights defenders arrive in Canada January 11, 2022
Notice – Application process for pathway to permanent residence for extended families of Afghan interpreters now open December 9, 2021
Minister Fraser welcomes home Afghan refugees arriving today December 8, 2021
First charter flight of privately sponsored Afghan refugees  arrives in Canada December 2, 2021
Notice – Canada announces new measures for extended families of Afghan interpreters November 24, 2021
Notice – Changes to the pre-removal risk assessment for Afghanistan October 18, 2021
More than 3,000 Evacuees Arrive in Canada from Afghanistan September 3, 2021
Canada reaches agreement with U.S. to support refugees’ travel to safety August 31, 2021
Notice – Support for Afghan citizens with travel authorizations to leave Afghanistan August 29, 2021
Canada expands resettlement program to bring more Afghans to safety August 13, 2021
Canada welcomes first Afghan refugees resettled through the special immigration program August 4, 2021
Government of Canada offers refuge to Afghans who assisted Canada July 23, 2021
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