Canada To Provide $28 Million To Support Return Of Displaced Iraqis, Syrians

Canada To Provide $28 Million To Support Return Of Displaced Iraqis, Syrians

The Canadian government has plans to provide over $28 million to help the return of Iraqi and Syrian people displaced in the country, Honourable Chrystia Freeland, the Minister of Foreign Affairs said on Friday (March 17).

Freeland said that she will attend an anti-Islamic State (ISIS) global coalition meeting with foreign ministers scheduled for March 22 in Washington D.C.

The two-day meeting will be headed by U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to plan the strategy for countering the ultra-hardline group in Iraq and Syria.

“I am pleased to announce today new initiatives that will enhance security and stability in the region, including additional support to help more Iraqis return safely to their homes in areas liberated from Daesh [ISIS],” Freeland said.

She also said “It is by continuing to work together with Coalition partners that we will support the people of the Middle East and accelerate Daesh’s defeat.”

In recent weeks Canada has demonstrated a more friendly approach to dealing with refugees and immigrants than its Trump-led neighbor.

Canadian Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen announced on January 29 that Canada would offer temporary residency to people stranded in the U.S. as a result of President Donald Trump's executive order on immigration

Trump signed a revised executive order for a U.S. travel ban on March 6, leaving Iraq off the list of targeted countries.