Canada has announced it will accept two thousand Karen refugees from Burma over the next two years.
The Karen are a minority ethnic group who fled Burma in 1995 following a major offensive by the Burmese government army against the Karen National Union. Many of them have been living in Thai refugee camps for up to 20 years.
The United Nations refugee agency has been working with Canada and other countries to find a permanent place for 140 000 Karen refugees.
Canadian Immigration Minister Diane Finley said Canada is looking forward to helping the refugees rebuild their lives in a safe, welcoming environment. Last year, Canada agreed to accept 810 Karen refugees. 712 have already arrived.