Raffy Boudjikanian

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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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Ex-Afghan interpreter praised by top soldier is still in the dark about his immigration status

His work in Kandahar included a stint under Wayne Eyre, currently Canada's top soldier. Now, an Afghan interpreter says his pleas to the federal government for clearance to come to Canada have gone unanswered for almost a year.

Conservatives say they're hoping for a faster ballot count in this year's leadership race

With a record-setting number of new memberships on the books — and lingering memories of the long wait to announce the winner in the 2020 contest — Conservatives say they have taken steps to ensure voting and ballot-counting in the current leadership race goes as smoothly as possible.

Ottawa closes special Afghan immigration program to new applicants

Less than halfway to its goal of bringing 40,000 Afghans to Canada, the federal government is no longer taking new referrals for the special immigration program meant to prioritize former employees of the Armed Forces or Canadian government and their families.

Heritage Department restarting consultations on online harms bill

Federal Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez is set to restart countrywide consultations Friday on the government's proposed online harms legislation after a group of experts convened by his department disagreed on the best path forward.

Canada-bound Afghans left in the dark after two charter flights from Islamabad are cancelled

Two charter flights scheduled to leave Islamabad for Canada carrying Afghan refugees failed to depart Pakistan this week, CBC News has learned. 

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.