Canada will not extend the program for Ukrainian refugees, Mark Miller said

Canada will conclude the simplified reception program for Ukrainians (CUAET), but will remain flexible on migration issues - Mark Miller

Mark Miller - Minister of Immigration, Canada / Taymaz Valley, CC BY 2.0 DEED

Canada, having supported Ukrainians with a special program that offered the possibility of temporary residence, study, and work in the country, has announced its intention not to extend this initiative.

Mark Miller, Minister of Immigration, emphasized that the Canada-Ukraine Authorization for Emergency Travel (CUAET) program, which is part of Canada's efforts to support the Ukrainian people, will end its operation on the set deadline of March 31, 2024.

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Despite this, Miller stated Canada's readiness to maintain certain flexibility in responding to migration challenges related to military actions in Ukraine.

This means that although the specific refugee reception program will be concluded, the country remains open to supporting Ukrainians within other possible measures.

As a reminder, as of the end of November 2023, more than 936,000 applications under the CUAET program were approved, and over 210,000 people arrived in Canada using this program.

It was previously reported that in response to the increase in the number of temporary residents, including students and refugees, Canada for the first time imposes restrictions on their number, presenting a historic decision in its immigration policy.

Also, Canada allocated financial support to Ukraine in the amount of 2 billion Canadian dollars for budgetary support, including social programs, increasing the total amount of assistance to 7 billion Canadian dollars.

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