Immigration Minister Marc Miller says the immigration standing and helps out there for evacuees who escape from Gaza Strip should be decided primarily based on particular person circumstances as soon as individuals make their method to Canada.
The federal authorities has been working to safe the protected passage of greater than 400 individuals with connections to Canada as a part of ongoing negotiations between Israel and Egypt which are being mediated by Qatar.
The gradual trickle of individuals allowed by way of the extremely managed Rafah border crossing has up to now included 75 individuals on Canada’s record of anticipated evacuees, and they’re solely allowed to stay in Egypt for 72 hours.
The record consists of Canadian residents and everlasting residents, in addition to eligible relations who haven’t got immigration standing in Canada.
International Affairs Canada says additionally it is conscious of stories that 4 Canadian residents bought out with the assistance of a 3rd get together.
Miller says relations with out Canadian citizenship or everlasting residency standing will probably be provided non permanent standing to allow them to stay in Canada, and in the event that they want work permits, his division will work on that as nicely.
“I feel it is one thing we’ll sort out because the case could also be,” he mentioned in an interview on Monday.
As for settlement companies and revenue assist, Miller mentioned new arrivals from Gaza will probably be depending on their Canadian households. The Immigration Division will assess their wants from there.
“We’ll have to take a look at what which means, and have a look at the quantity,” he mentioned.
“I do not know the monetary state of affairs of lots of people leaving. I can not suspect that it is nice, however I do not presume individuals haven’t got funds, both.”
The Gaza Strip has been below nearly fixed bombardment since Israel launched a retaliatory assault on Hamas for the Oct. 7 incursion that killed 1,400 Israelis. One other 240 had been taken from Israel into Gaza by the armed militant group.
The variety of Palestinians killed within the conflict handed 10,500, together with greater than 4,300 youngsters, the Hamas-run Well being Ministry in Gaza mentioned on Wednesday.
For now, whereas the border stays fully closed to a lot of the 2.3 million residents within the occupied territory, Canadian immigration officers haven’t but turned their thoughts to the potential for welcoming refugees from the area.
“There are a selection of safety issues and coverage issues which are compelling us to give attention to Canadians. We wish to get Canadians out,” Miller mentioned.
However he added that Canada will probably be humane if individuals handle to flee the conflict and flee to its borders.
Miller mentioned that when Canadians are out of Gaza, the subsequent consideration will probably be whether or not the federal government must discover a method to get Canadians out of neighbouring Lebanon.
Israeli troops and Hezbollah militants and their allies have been clashing for a month alongside the Israel-Lebanon border for the reason that begin of the conflict.
“That’s the subsequent set of issues that I hope doesn’t come to fruition, as a result of that signifies that the battle has escalated,” Miller mentioned.
This report by The Canadian Press was first revealed Nov. 9, 2023.
— With recordsdata from The Related Press.