The Government of Canada says it is willing to resettle Rohingya refugees if conditions within Bangladesh permit.
Canada increased its response to the humanitarian and security crisis in Myanmar and Bangladesh following recommendations made by Bob Rae in his final report as the Prime Minister’s Special Envoy to Myanmar. Canada’s response covers a wide range of issues, such as diplomacy, humanitarian assistance and refugee protection.
Canada is working with the Government of Bangladesh, the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and other international partners to ensure the protection of refugees and to determine the potential for resettlement to Canada.
Canada has signalled to the UNHCR its willingness to resettle Rohingya refugees from within Bangladesh once partners in the region confirm conditions are conducive to safely move them. Once this occurs, Canada will work with the UNHCR to determine the appropriate timing for resettlement efforts and to identify families and individuals for resettlement.
Resettlement efforts will focus on those most in need, and Canada will work with other countries for an approach that results in greater resettlement numbers globally. While the number of refugees Canada would resettle is not known, as with the resettlement of survivors of Daesh the intent is not to resettle large groups of these communities but rather to focus on the small number of people for whom resettlement is the best option.