By Le Figaro with AFP
The Canadian government on Saturday announced new measures to ease the immigration process for Turkish and Syrian citizens already in Canada, a month after the earthquake that killed more than 50,000 people in these two countries. “Turkish and Syrian citizens can continue to study, work or visit family by applying for a free extension of their statussaid the Department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship.
For example, they can apply for a work permit that authorizes a foreigner to work for any employer for a specified period of time. “These measures will make it easier for Turkish and Syrian nationals to extend their temporary status in Canada‘ he said in a press release. They are in effect from March 29 to September 25.
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This announcement comes ten days after the UN urged the international community to speed up the settlement of Syrian refugees from earthquake-hit areas in Turkey in other host countries. The magnitude 7.8 earthquake on February 6 killed more than 45,000 people in Turkey and thousands more in neighboring Syria, and destroyed hundreds of thousands of buildings. This earthquake affected about nine million people, more than 1.7 million of whom were refugees.