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Humanitarian immigration in Québec

Québec fully supports the principle of international solidarity and the objectives of the conventions governing the protection of refugees. Humanitarian immigration occupies a particularly important place in Québec.

Refugees selected abroad are admitted to Québec, some after many years in a refugee camp, others because they were persecuted in their own country. When they arrive, they are either assisted by the government, in partnership with non-governmental organizations, or welcomed by a group of two to five people or a non-profit organization that has undertaken to sponsor them.

The government’s commitment, and by extension that of the Québec population, is clearly outlined in the Plan d’action du gouvernement du Québec pour l’accueil et l’intégration des personnes réfugiées sélectionnées à l’étranger – 2013-2016 (in French only - PDF, 201 KB) (Québec government’s 2013–2016 action plan for the reception and integration of refugees selected abroad), jointly developed by the ministries that provide services to these individuals:

  • Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Diversité et de l’Inclusion
  • Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux
  • Ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur
  • Ministère du Travail, de l’Emploi et de la Solidarité sociale

Québec also represents a welcoming haven for thousands of people who are granted refugee status after seeking asylum in Canada. While waiting for a response from the Canadian authorities, these people have access to temporary support measures, including housing, francization, legal aid, last-resort assistance, preschool education and elementary and secondary schooling for children and youth.

Québec demonstrates its commitment to those granted asylum by giving them access to a wide range of services before they obtain permanent resident status, thereby helping ease their integration into Québec society.

Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux also participates in Québec’s humanitarian commitment to refugees and asylum seekers. In 2012, it released its policy directions in Une passerelle vers un avenir en santé (PDF, 268 kB) (Bridge to a Healthy Future).

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

In association with the international community, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) promotes three sustainable solutions for refugees:

  • Voluntary repatriation to the country of origin
  • Local integration in a host country
  • Resettlement in a third country

Resettlement in a third country plays a crucial role in the international protection system. By participating in the system, Quebecers share in this responsibility.
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