On July 21, 2022, on Parliament Hill, Conservative immigration critic Jasraj Singh Hallan held a press conference discussing the federal government's special immigration program (SIM) to resettle Afghan nationals who provided critical assistance to Canadian forces during their mission in Afghanistan and those who worked at the Canadian embassy in Kabul.
Yazidi Canadian Nafiya Naso has initiated a Parliamentary Petition to the House of Commons requesting that "the Government of Canada to expand the definition of family to include extended family members for Yazidi refugees given that they are genocide survivors and given that many of their immediate family members are deceased or missing in action and to immediately clear the backlog in the existing sponsorship cases under the One Year Window provision for children."
Recently, amid security concerns and alleged electoral fraud, Afghan men and women stood under pouring rain to cast their ballot in the 2014 presidential elections in Afghanistan.
Many young people were discouraged from voting by family members because of the danger around many polling stations. But regardless, images show long lines winding their way around those areas.
Here in Canada, there are few security concerns or fear of attacks and yet many young people are not turning up at voting stations. According to Elections Canada, 38.8% of youth between ages 18-24 participated in the federal elections in 2011.