Ukraine and Canada are strengthening cooperation in the field of mobility

21.04.2021 17:27

Today, April 21, the Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine Arsen Avakov, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine DmytroKuleba and the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship of Canada Marco Mendicino solemnly opened the first inaugural meeting of the Ukrainian-Canadian Working Group on Mobility.

The Minister of Internal Affairs stated that today Ukraine is beginning an important stage in relations with friendly Canada, a country where a large number of Ukrainians live. According to him, the relations between our two countries are based on common values, and a wide range of issues in the field of migration and mobility is on the agenda today.

 “The State Migration Service is the institution that implements the best world experience in ensuring security, registration and issuance of passport documents, control over citizenship and migration - including combating illegal migration. The Ministry of Internal Affairs will make every effort to make progress as soon as possible in resolving the issue on the agenda, "said Interior Minister Arsen Avakov.

Foreign Minister DmytroKuleba stressed that a new format in bilateral relations between Ukraine and Canada has been launched today.

"Ukraine pays special attention to the Ukrainian-Canadian dialogue in the field of migration and visas. Today we are opening a new page in the history of Ukrainian-Canadian relations and launching a new format of bilateral cooperation, "DmytroKuleba said.

The meeting of the working group will be an important platform for a substantive exchange of views on areas of effective cooperation between the governments of both countries in the field of migration and mobility and, in particular, potential opportunities to increase temporary mobility of Ukrainian and Canadian youth, existing migration challenges and perspective areas of cooperation between border agencies of both countries.

For reference: On January 27, 2021, the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine DmytroKuleba, the Minister for Internal Affairs of Ukraine Arsen Avakov and the Minister for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship of Canada M. Mendichino signed a letter of intent to establish a Ukrainian-Canadian working group on mobility. The competence of the working group includes a wide range of issues in the field of migration, including: identification of means to promote mobility after countries lift restrictions on COVID-19; spread of information on opportunities for labor migration; improving mobility opportunities for Canadian and Ukrainian youth; exchange of best practices on migration management; work in other areas of common concern or interest, including border control, illegal migration and risks to integrity.

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