Raffy Boudjikanian

Senior reporter

Raffy Boudjikanian is a senior reporter with the CBC's Parliamentary Bureau in Ottawa. He has also worked in Edmonton, Calgary and Montreal for the public broadcaster.

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8 months in, Afghans stuck in Islamabad may finally have a path to Canada

The government of Pakistan's decision to grant safe passage to Afghans fleeing the Taliban should help get them into Canada faster, immigration officials said, though there still is no timeline for when a group of more than 40 families who have been waiting in Islamabad for months will arrive in Canada. 

Afghan who served Canadian military pleads with Ottawa to save his family from the Taliban

Ramin Sultani estimates there are about 4,500 family members of Afghan interpreters still hiding in Kabul. Thirteen of them are his loved ones.

Government backtracks on plan for online-only asylum applications

Less than a week after the government said it would require online submissions for all asylum seekers into Canada, the immigration minister's office now says that will not be the case. 

7 months after Kabul's fall, Canada has yet to bring in 30,000 Afghans

Multiple Afghan interpreters and their families have told CBC News about being stuck in Islamabad, Pakistan, while the Canadian government has just brought over a 10,000 Afghans fleeing the Taliban.

Multiple refugee crises across globe put pressure on Canada's immigration system

As the immigration department fast-tracks entries for Ukrainians fleeing war, questions linger about its promise to bring in 40,000 Afghans.

Immigration Canada probing claims of systemic racism at two offices, union says

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is investigating claims of systemic racism at two of its offices, says the union representing its employees.

Government heads back to drawing board with online harm bill after negative reaction in consultations

Multiple civil society groups have expressed reservations with the federal government's proposed online harm legislation, which forces tech giants to take down flagged content within 24 hours, says a new report by the Heritage Department.

No evidence of bomb threat Belarus used to justify diverting airliner, UN agency says

Belarus has failed to produce any evidence of a bomb threat that was used to justify the diversion of an airliner to Minsk — and which led to the arrest of a dissident journalist — according to UN investigators.

Canada's effort to bring in Afghan refugees expected to take up to two years

With the year nearly over, only about a tenth of the 40,000 Afghan refugees Canada promised to bring into the country have made it here so far — and Ottawa now says it could take up to two years to resettle everyone.

Canada struggling to meet refugee target number for 2021

Canada is nowhere near to meeting its goal of welcoming 81,000 refugees by the end of 2021, according to numbers obtained by CBC News.