There are indications that Canada could take in more refugees yearly by admitting those with trade skills through its economic class immigration plans.

Canada Minister for Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Mr. Ahmed Huseen asserted this on Thursday during the event to mark World Refugee Day. He said that he would like to speed up a pilot program that was started in the previous years. This program connects skilled refugees from The Middle East and East Africa with the current Economic-class Immigration plans popularly known Provincial Nominee program.

 

The EMPP which is an abbreviation for Economic Mobility pathways Project rides on Talent Beyond borders, a refugee resettlement organization based in the USA. It started registering refugees in 2016 and currently has thousands based in Lebanon and Jordan. A third of these have an undergraduate degree, and at least 40 percent have a basic understanding of English.

Some of the candidates who are under the Talent Beyond Boarders constitute more than two hundred professionals. The skilled category includes engineers, teaching staff, IT professionals, accountants, university staff, and health care workers.

There are five Canadian provinces and territories involved in this exercise. The EMPP programs are working under the umbrella of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) which is working in conjunction with Talent Beyond Boundaries, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and RefugePoint.

 

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