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Hot air: Canada denounces special immigration programmes for Kenyans

A day after Kenya’s Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Dr Alfred Mutua announced that Kenyans would soon be able to find jobs in Canada, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has come out to set the record straight.

Dr Mutua had given hope to unemployed Kenyans hoping to travel abroad to secure jobs, promising to release more details of agencies that would help Kenyans secure jobs.

In response, Canada urged Kenyans to ignore misinformation circulating online about the special programmes for Kenyans.

“Disinformation is circulating suggesting that special programmes are available to welcome Kenyan immigrants. This is false and the immigration programmes being referred to do not exist,” Canada said on its Twitter account.

In its website, the organisation also states that there are no special programmes for Kenyans.

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In his statement, the CS said that during his recent visit to Canada, he held talks with the Canadian Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship, where they agreed on the various migration pathways for Kenyans to live and work in Canada.

“I was pleased to note that there are job opportunities in various sectors of the Canadian economy and that Kenyans can travel to Canada as students, tourists and workers,” said Dr Mutua.

While it’s true that Kenyans can travel to Canada as students, tourists, and workers like any other person who wants to travel to Canada, there are no special programmes for Kenyans.

The CS had stated that Canada has more job opportunities than people available to work, and he agreed that Kenyans could help fill the gap.

As Kenyans wait for more information on the said special programmes, citizens are advised to be vigilant on job announcements.

“The process for those who want to go to Canada is simple but requires diligence. We are in deep negotiations and will provide a comprehensive statement in the coming days with the guidelines and links agreed between the Kenyan and Canadian governments so that Kenyans can apply for migration or work visas,” the CS said.

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