November 23, 2018

Winnipeg, MB – The Honourable Michelle Rempel, Shadow Minister for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, and James Bezan, Shadow Minister for National Defence, issued a statement following a meeting with members of the Yazidi community in Winnipeg:

“Today, we met with Yazidi genocide survivors who have come to Canada after experiencing horrific atrocities at the hands of ISIS. While they are grateful to our country for providing refuge, many are still waiting to bring their family members from Northern Iraq to Canada.

“We have heard claims from some Yazidi survivors that they were told overseas that they would be able to bring their families to Canada. However, many of them are still waiting. Having their family members here in Canada would better help Yazidi community members heal from trauma they were subjected to as victims and survivors of genocide.

“We know that some Yazidi genocide survivors are facing difficulty sponsoring their family members abroad to come to Canada under the One Year Window provision. This is because, during their resettlement, many believed their family members were deceased and therefore did not list them on their application. Canada should take into consideration this special circumstance, and allow these genocide survivors the ability to reunite with their family members who have been found alive.

“The Trudeau government must prioritize reunification for survivors of ISIS instead of using resources to reach out to known terrorists seeking to come to our country. Canada’s Conservatives call upon Justin Trudeau to immediately expedite the family reunification of Yazidi genocide survivors that have been waiting for far too long.”


For more information:

Office of the Honourable Michelle Rempel
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Office of James Bezan
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