Ahmed Hussen says Hundreds of ex slaves in Libya coming to Canada,

Hundreds of ex slaves in Libya coming to Canada,
Minister of Immigration Ahmed Hussen makes an announcement in Toronto on January 14, 2019. The federal government is launching a pilot program aimed at boosting immigration in rural and northern communities struggling with labour shortages and population decline. Since the vast majority immigrants to Canada settle in bigger cities, municipal leaders in smaller towns and communities have been calling on Ottawa to do more to help them attract newcomers. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

OTTAWA:  Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen says Canada has begun resettling hundreds of people rescued from slavery in Libya.

Hussen says Canada was among a few countries that responded to a request from the United Nations refugee agency in 2017.

He says so far, 150 people have been resettled in Canada.

Another 600 are expected to come over the next two years, through the regular refugee program.

Another 100 Nigerois refugees from Libyan migrant detention centres are also expected to be resettled.

The program follows previous refugee resettlements of Yazidis and Syrians.