Ottawa (Web Desk): Ahmed Hussen, MP for York South-Weston and a Member of the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights, has been appointed as Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made the announcement on Tuesday in Ottawa.

Hussen, a lawyer and social activist, was born and raised in Somalia. He immigrated to Canada in 1993 and settled in Toronto.

Ahmed currently serves as the National President of the Canadian Somali Congress – a Somali community organization that works with national and regional authorities to advocate on issues of importance to Canadians of Somali heritage and strengthen civic engagement and integration.

Ahmed is fluent in English, Somali, and Swahili, and earned his B.A (History) from York University and his Law Degree from the University of Ottawa. In 2004, the Toronto Star recognized him as one of 10 individuals in Toronto to have made substantial contributions to the community.

Hussen replaces John McCallum.