Canada Allocates $362 Million for Housing for the Growing Number of Refugees

Canada will direct more than $362 million to housing for refugees, responding to calls for assistance from regional authorities and efforts to integrate migrants

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The Canadian federal government has announced the allocation of substantial funds to support the increasing number of asylum seekers.

The Minister of Immigration, Mark Miller reported that more than 362 million dollars will be distributed among the provinces and cities facing an increase in the number of refugees.

Special attention is given to the province of Quebec, which will receive 100 million dollars.

These funds are intended for providing housing for refugees, especially in cold weather conditions.

The financing aims to alleviate the burden on public services, which, according to Quebec Premier François Legault, are operating at their limits due to the increasing number of asylum seekers.

An organization dealing with migration issues provides support to refugees in relocation and information, facilitating their successful integration into Canadian society.

The O-Canada app has been created, which, as noted by Jobst Keller, a leading expert on migrant adaptation and education, allows future residents to familiarize themselves with the culture and realities of the country in advance, thus forming adequate expectations of life in the new country even before their arrival.

Canadian resettlement institutions are actively preparing for the reception of thousands of Ukrainians who may enter the country by the end of March 2024 thanks to a temporary asylum program introduced in response to Russian aggression.

According to data from CNV News, since the beginning of the conflict, the Canadian government has issued over 936,000 temporary emergency visas, which has already allowed more than 210,000 Ukrainians to move to the country, and about 90,000 more are planning to do so in the near future.

This is confirmed by the results of surveys conducted by Canadian immigration services and Operation Ukraine Safe Haven, an initiative aimed at coordinating actions between local authorities and resettlement agencies.

Sarosh Rizvi, the head of one of these organizations, points to the expected significant increase in the number of refugees from Ukraine in the coming months. Despite broad support from the local population, including the provision of clothing, furniture, housing, and jobs, housing search problems remain, and public support is diminishing over time.

Rizvi emphasizes that authorities are now better prepared to receive migrants, but issues related to accommodation, institutional capacity, and resource availability still need to be addressed.

He advises those considering relocation to avoid large cities to facilitate the search for more affordable housing.

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