#WelcomeAfghans: Follow the journey


The Government of Canada is committed to welcoming at least 40,000 Afghan refugees to Canada. These are some of the photos, stories and announcements from this journey.

The photos

Photos of previous Afghan refugee arrivals are available in Dropbox for use by media.

The videos

Video: Welcoming Afghans to Canada

Video: Stories of Afghan newcomers

The stories

Freshta Hemmati

Freshta Hemmati

Afghan journalist finds new ways to fight against oppression and help other newcomers

Zuhal Ahad

The unwavering voice of Afghan women

Maryam Masoomi

Musician finding new ways to use her voice

Najibullah Sorosh

Educator building a brighter future for himself and others in Canada

Sheila Qayumi

Activist and teacher helping Afghan women settle in Canada

Ghousuddin Frotan

Journalist working to promote education for Afghan children

Zahra Nader

Zahra Nader

Afghan-Canadian journalist and a passionate learner advocates for Afghanistan’s most vulnerable people

Ahmad Siar Mateen

Ahmad Siar Mateen

Comedian becomes the uncensored Afghan voice against injustice

Kobra Safi

Kobra Safi

Afghan surgeon finds peace through painting

The people behind the initiative


Meet a self-taught Farsi speaker who used his talent to talk Afghan refugees through their escape to safety


Welcoming Afghan newcomers as they disembark on Canadian soil

The announcements

Announcement Date
Canada meets commitment to welcome 40,000 vulnerable Afghans October 30, 2023
Canada welcomes Afghans through new humanitarian partnership May 26, 2023
Canada marks significant milestone, welcoming over 30,000 vulnerable Afghans April 12, 2023
Minister Fraser welcomes latest charter flight of Afghan refugees from Pakistan - Canada.ca October 19, 2022
Canada marks 20,000 Afghan arrivals with help from partners at home and abroad September 22, 2022
Statement by Ministers Joly, Fraser, Sajjan and Anand one year after fall of Afghanistan August 14, 2022
Afghan newcomers to celebrate first Canada Day June 30, 2022
School programs help Afghan children thrive in Canada June 24, 2022
Afghan newcomers continue to arrive in Canada June 17, 2022
Canada marks 15,000 arrivals of Afghan refugees June 10, 2022
Canada celebrates Pride Month by helping Afghan LGBTQ2 individuals June 3, 2022
Settlement organizations help Afghan refugees adjust to new life in Canada May 27, 2022
Businesses offer jobs for Afghan newcomers May 13, 2022
Afghan journalists find freedom of expression in Canada May 6, 2022
Canadians continue to support Afghan refugees across the country April 29, 2022
Canada marks 10,000 arrivals of Afghan refugees March 30, 2022
Service provider helps connect Afghan newcomers to meaningful employment March 25, 2022
Minister Fraser meets with Afghan newcomers and settlement services organizations in Alberta March 18, 2022
Afghan women and girls make their mark in Canada March 11, 2022
Canadian educational institutions support Afghan newcomers March 4, 2022
Canadians continue to welcome Afghan refugees in their communities February 18, 2022
Canada continues to welcome more Afghan refugees February 11, 2022
Canada welcomes over 200 Afghan refugees to Vancouver January 19, 2022
Afghan human rights defenders arrive in Canada January 11, 2022
Notice – Application process for pathway to permanent residence for extended families of Afghan interpreters now open December 9, 2021
Minister Fraser welcomes home Afghan refugees arriving today December 8, 2021
First charter flight of privately sponsored Afghan refugees  arrives in Canada December 2, 2021
Notice – Canada announces new measures for extended families of Afghan interpreters November 24, 2021
Notice – Changes to the pre-removal risk assessment for Afghanistan October 18, 2021
More than 3,000 Evacuees Arrive in Canada from Afghanistan September 3, 2021
Canada reaches agreement with U.S. to support refugees’ travel to safety August 31, 2021
Notice – Support for Afghan citizens with travel authorizations to leave Afghanistan August 29, 2021
Canada expands resettlement program to bring more Afghans to safety August 13, 2021
Canada welcomes first Afghan refugees resettled through the special immigration program August 4, 2021
Government of Canada offers refuge to Afghans who assisted Canada July 23, 2021

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