Canada to take 10,000 more refugees

Updated 10 August 2015

Canada to take 10,000 more refugees

OTTAWA: Canada will take an additional 10,000 refugees from Iraq and Syria over the next four years if the Conservative government is re-elected in October, Prime Minister Stephen Harper pledged on Monday.
Canada has already settled roughly 20,000 Iraqi refugees and 2,500 Syrians, he told reporters at a campaign event in Toronto. The Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada website shows it finalized 19,900 refugee claims from all countries in 2014.
Harper said, however, that the scale of the humanitarian crisis was such that it cannot come close to being solved by refugee policy alone.
“We must stop ISIS,” he said, referring to the Islamic State militant group operating in the area.
The comments come a day after Harper said he would make it a criminal offense for Canadians to travel to areas controlled by groups designated as terrorist entities, such as Islamic State, if he is re-elected.
Canada is part of a US-led coalition conducting air strikes on Islamic State targets in Syria and Iraq since last year.
Most polls show the ruling Conservatives slightly trailing the official opposition New Democrats ahead of the Oct. 19 election. The Liberal party is in third place.


UAE resumes issuing visas to foreign visitors

Updated 24 September 2020

UAE resumes issuing visas to foreign visitors

  • Dubai had already lifted its own visa ban in July

DUBAI: The UAE has started issuing entry permits to the country again, starting Sep. 24 but work permits are still on hold, state news agency WAM reported.
The Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship said the decision followed the preventive measures implemented by the travel industry to curb the coronavirus spread.
Dubai, the region's tourism and business hub and one of the seven emirates that make up the UAE, had already lifted its own visa ban in July.
All six Gulf Arab countries have lifted internal curfews and lockdowns, but restrictions on gatherings and foreign travel remain in the region, where the total number of COVID cases stands at over 800,000, with more than 6,800 deaths.
Neighboring Oman said on Thursday it would resume scheduled international flights on Oct. 1 with strict measures to protect the country and aviation staff from the virus.