A Palestinian child in front an improvised cemetery in front of Al-Chifa hospital in Gaza City, ravaged by Israeli bombings.
The program offers visas to up to 1,000 people with extended family members in Canada. This would allow them to seek refuge in Canada for three years, if their families are willing to support them financially during this period.
Canada's current program is available only to immediate family members of Canadians, including spouses and children.
The expanded program will include a limited number of parents, grandparents, adult children, grandchildren and siblings of Canadians and permanent residents of Canada, as well as members of their immediate families.
The National Council of Canadian Muslims has criticized the cap of 1,000 applicants and says it has already been in contact with more than a thousand people trying to evacuate their families from Gaza.
Marilyn Kasken echoed these frustrations, noting that Ottawa has welcomed more than 210,000 Ukrainians fleeing Russian attacks on their country since 2022.
It says that the lives of the Palestinian people do not matter, she argued.
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Israeli soldiers fire mortars near the border with the Gaza Strip, January 3, 2024.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada defended the cap and said the number of visas reflected the volatility of the situation on the ground and the difficulties faced by Canada and other countries to move people out of Gaza through the tightly controlled border with Egypt.
The Kasken sisters met Monday with a staffer of Seamus O'Regan, Liberal MP for St. John's South-Mount Pearl, but said the meeting didn't leave them with much insight. hope.
I want to wake up from this nightmare. I stop myself from thinking most of the time, but it doesn't work.
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Sisters are arrived in St. John in October, thanks to the federal Human Rights Defenders Program, which resettles people who fight for basic freedoms but are at risk in their home countries.
< p class="StyledBodyHtmlParagraph-sc-48221190-4 hnvfyV">I don't really feel like I have a fresh start in Canada because I can't feel good things while I #x27;I am constantly afraid of losing my friends, my family and my brothers, she said.