Welcoming Afghan refugees: where to get help?

Welcoming Afghan refugees: where to get help?

By: Alexandre Haslin

Because of the current humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan, several thousand Afghan people will be finding refuge in Canada, including a few hundred in Québec. In order to facilitate their welcome and integration, there are many organizations and services that can either help the refugees themselves or their loved ones already settled in Québec.

Getting settled in Québec

Many organizations can help people from Afghan communities in Québec. Such is the case with the Centre multiethnique de Québec which provides, among other services, assistance to newcomers. These services are offered in many languages such as: Farsi, Dari, Pachto, but also in French and English.

Elsewhere, other organizations can offer services to newcomers, particularly to refugees, facilitating their settlement in Québec. For example, there is the Portes ouvertes sur le Lac in Saint-Félicien, the Accueil et intégration Bas-Saint-Laurent in Rimouski and even the Service d'accueil des nouveaux arrivants de Trois-Rivières.


Getting health care

Refugees can have health care needs that may either be urgent or not. Therefore, while waiting to be eligible for Québec’s Health Insurance (Régime d’assurance maladie du Québec), they can benefit from the Interim Federal Heath Program, which covers basic care (medical consultations, hospital and laboratory services, prescription medication...).

Some community health centres do have refugee clinics that offer services adapted to refugee’s needs. Such as, the Hôpital Jeffery Hale in Québec, the Hôpital de Gaspé, as well as, the Hôpital de Chandler.

People fleeing their country because their lives are in danger can also suffer from post-traumatic stress, requiring medical attention. They can therefore get help from certain Centres d’aide aux victimes d’actes criminels (CAVAC) (Crime Victims Assistance Centres).


Help sponsoring refugees

There are organizations that help people wanting to sponsor refugees, thus facilitating the first steps into their new lives. If you wish to sponsor a refugee, do not hesitate to contact the organization nearest you.

Likewise, consult Immigration, Francisation et Intégration Québec pages to initiate Family reunification procedures or register a request for the Collective sponsorship Program for Refugees Abroad.

Emergency number for refugees ans sponsors 1-844-307-2433 (1-844-307-AIDE)