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Canada Is Taking In Hundreds Of Rescued Slaves From Libya
Almost two years after the shocking discovery that people were being sold off at auctions in Libya, Canada has begun resettling hundreds of people rescued from slavery, according to a report from the National Post.
The decision from our neighbors to the North comes amid United Nations leaders asking for the international community’s help with taking in Libyan refugees living in slavery.
Canada’s Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen stated, “Canada was one of the few countries to respond to a request from the United Nations refugee agency in 2017. More than 150 people have been resettled and another 600 more are expected over the next two years through the regular refugee settlement program.”
In addition to Libya, Canada has plans to take action on resettling at least 100 refugees from Niger who were rescued from Libyan migrant detention centers, including those who are victims of human smuggling, as reported in CBC.
“It can take some time for the countries to do their selection because it was a voluntary act. So they want to screen. They go through their usual selection processes,” Michael Casasola, the head of resettlement for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in Ottawa told the news outlet.
Libya is known to be a major stopping point for asylum-seekers from Africa who are looking to cross the Mediterranean Sea to reach Europe.
When a video released by CNN appeared to show a young black man being sold for $400 during an auction, it prompted world leaders from France, Germany, Chad, and Niger to implement a plan to evacuate the thousands of migrants stuck in Libyan detention camps.
“As Canada takes more refugees, including Libyan refugees, it is important to remind other countries of their own commitments under the 1951 Refugee Convention and the need to respect the principle of responsibility sharing, which is one of the new norms of the refugee compact which Canada and other countries have just signed,” said Fen Hampson, the executive director of the Canadian-led World Refugee Council.