Immigration Minister says Canada will take in 600 refugees from Libyan detention centers

Alwasat - Cairo Wed 06 Feb 2019, 11:39 PM
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Canada has begun resettling hundreds of people rescued from Libya, Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen says.

Canada responded to a request from the United Nations refugee agency in 2017, Hussen said.

More than 150 people have been resettled and another 600 more are expected over the next two years through the regular refugee settlement program, he said.

Canada is also planning to take in 100 refugees from Niger who were rescued from Libyan migrant detention centres, including victims of human smuggling, he added.

A video of what appeared to be smugglers selling imprisoned migrants near Tripoli became public in 2017, prompting world leaders to start talking about freeing migrants detained in Libyan camps.

“Canadians have always been welcoming to newcomers, and that generosity has helped offer protection to those fleeing persecution, terror and war,” Hussen said.

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