Afghan Resettlement in London & Middlesex

This webpage is to provide accurate information on the Afghan resettlement program and available resources. This webpage will be updated on a regular basis.

What do we know?

  • The Government of Canada has doubled its Afghan resettlement efforts from 20,000 to 40,000. Almost half of the Afghan newcomers are minors;
  • The Government will assign the number of Government Assisted Refugees (GARs) that our region will receive;
  • It is likely that a number of Privately Sponsored Refugees (PSRs) will also settle in London;
  • 187 Afghans arrived in London as of January 5, 2022. Of these, 144 have moved from temporary to permanent residences.
  • The main languages spoken are Pashto and Dari.

How will these newly arrived refugees be supported?

  • GARs will be received by the staff of the Resettlement Assistance  Program (RAP) at the London Cross Cultural Learner Centre (CCLC)
  • GARs will be provided with the initial settlement needs, which includes temporary housing, basic needs and addressing immediate medical needs  through the RAP staff
  • CCLC has teamed up with Goodwill Industries, Ontario Great Lakes, to facilitate donations. Donors wishing to make a financial contribution are requested to direct their gifts to CCLC’s Highest Priority Needs fund
  • Settlement agencies will provide support to all immigrants, including GARs

How will the London & Middlesex Local Immigration Partnership (LMLIP) support?

  • LMLIP will share information on available additional supports;
  • Support CCLC by sharing information on social media outlets;
  • Provide information to the established Afghan community as per need; and
  • Convene information sessions as per need.

How can the community help?

  • Learn about Canada’s Program for Vulnerable Afghans
  • Provide information on available housing to the London Cross Cultural Learner Centre;
  • Connect with the London Cross Cultural Learner Centre to volunteer;
  • Check with the London Cross Cultural Learner Centre for suitable donations;
  • Learn about the Private Sponsorship of Refugees program to sponsor Afghan refugees outside Canada in need of resettlement
  • Be welcoming

Other Resources:

For Information contact: London & Middlesex Local Immigration Partnership (LMLIP) at hhussein@lmlip.ca; 519-663-0774 ext: 283

 

Last modified:Wednesday, January 05, 2022