Canada's contribution to refugee protection
Canada received recognition from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) for continuous commitment in providing refugees with settlement programs and integration initiatives.
Jason Kennedy, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Canada joined UNHCR representatives in observing World Refugee Day on June 20, 2009.
Mr. Abraham of UNHCR announced at the ceremony that " We are grateful to Canada for its commitment and long-standing support in responding to the needs of refugees and the world's uprooted people."
Canada has been offering refugee protection to more than one million refugees since the signing of the United Nations Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees in 1951. The convention was drafted to protect the status of refugees after World War II. Canada accepts one in every ten refugee claimants from around the world.
Citizenship and Immigration Canada has recently initialized the Young Newcomers Internship Program providing new Canadians with paid internships at Citizenship and Immigration with the possibility of being hired permanently. The first candidates were government-sponsored refugees from various refugee abundant countries.
In addition, the Canadian government has also promised to accept more Iraqi refugees in the next three years and also plans to resettle 5,000 Bhutanese refugees from refugee camps in Nepal.
Mr. Kennedy acknowledged at the ceremony the contributions made by all levels of government and organizations that has helped with refugee resettlement in Canada.