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By admin2 on Monday, May 29, 2017

The UNHCR, in partnership with Google, developed this video project exploring the world's top questions about the Syrian refugee crisis.

By admin2 on Monday, May 29, 2017

People who now call Manitoba home but came to Canada as refugees shared their stories in Winnipeg on Tuesday night to expand the conversation around the recent increase in refugee claimants and asylum seekers. 

Louise Simbandumwe, a volunteer with Amnesty International, said the event was held to "talk about the need to ensure that we have a compassionate and human rights-based response."

By admin2 on Monday, May 29, 2017
Recently, I had the opportunity to learn from Syrians themselves about their experiences in the GTA. I heard from 7 Syrian refugees, 4 settlement workers, and a local community organization that has been active in the Syrian initiative since November 2015. Overall, Syrians feel grateful towards Canada and the many Canadians who have helped them settle in their new home country. For example, one said that possessing Canadian permanent resident status allows his compatriots to feel like their lives matter.

However, Syrians have been confronted by 4 prominent challenges which have affected their settlement experiences in the GTA.

By admin2 on Monday, May 29, 2017

Like many refugees, Biruktawit had to plead her case for asylum before the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB). She had three months to prepare. She learned how to express herself at Matthew House’s mock refugee board trial program.

By admin2 on Friday, May 26, 2017
Some of Canada's leading historians say the federal government is putting the country's historical record at risk by hoarding piles of documents inside secret archives that together would make a stack taller than the CN Tower.Historian Dennis Molinaro of Trent University discovered ministries and agencies are stockpiling millions of decades-old papers rather than handing them over to Library and Archives Canada for safekeeping and public access. He's launched a petition to try to convince the government to set them free.
By admin2 on Thursday, May 25, 2017
Billions of dollars lost to the economy because people trained elsewhere can't work in fields, studies find. The career pathways loan program will help immigrants and permanent residents afford the upgrading of professional credentials not recognized in Canada.
By admin2 on Thursday, May 25, 2017
Agency says it has no choice but to slash refugee services — but many say cuts could be 'devastating'.  Immigration advocates are sounding the alarm as Legal Aid Ontario moves to slash services for refugees — saying the measures threaten to hold vulnerable asylum seekers hostage amid the organization's fight for added government funding.
By admin2 on Thursday, May 25, 2017
Opposition has quickly risen against the government’s “safe return review” policy. This new policy means that after five years in the UK, the situation in a refugee’s country of origin will be reviewed and if it is deemed to be “safe”, the UK will seek to return the individual rather than offer them permanent settlement. 
By admin2 on Thursday, May 25, 2017

In partnership with local communities, UNICEF hopes the project can bring refugees and non-refugees together to break bread and break barriers. With the aroma of traditional Syrian delicacies permeating the air, what’s usually the drivers’ support centre at Uber’s Toronto office was transformed into an intimate story-telling party Wednesday night.

By admin2 on Thursday, May 25, 2017

Canadian Council for Refugees has issued a Media Release calling on federal and provincial governments to provide increased and sustainable legal aid funding to represent refugees and vulnerable migrants in refugee and immigration proceedings.

By admin2 on Thursday, May 25, 2017
The bodies of at least 34 migrants, many of them young children, were recovered from the sea off Libya after some 200 migrants tumbled into rough waters when their overcrowded smugglers’ boat capsized Wednesday, the Italian coast guard said. In all, some 1,800 migrants were rescued Wednesday from unseaworthy dinghies or wooden fishing boats.
By admin2 on Wednesday, May 24, 2017
In light of a 40-per-cent budget shortfall, Legal Aid Ontario says it is considering three options in reducing services for refugees.
By admin2 on Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Two-thirds of seniors in the GTA are immigrants, and they’re more likely to report fair-to-poor health and mental health than their Canadian counterparts.
By admin2 on Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Former foreign affairs minister Lloyd Axworthy has been tapped to lead a new international group in search of practical solutions to the world's massive refugee crisis.

By admin2 on Tuesday, May 16, 2017

The federal government is in the final phase of consultations to "transform" Canada's immigration detention policies, just as a landmark legal challenge tries to end the contentious practice of indefinitely jailing detainees. Lawyers for Alvin Brown, who spent five years in maximum-security provincial jails before being deported to Jamaica last fall, are currently arguing before the Federal Court that the man's constitutional rights were violated.

By admin2 on Monday, May 15, 2017
Last December Legal Aid Ontario made a tough decision. It announced it would provide funding to pay for criminal defence lawyers only in cases where there is a “substantial likelihood of incarceration” for the accused.That left thousands of people out in the cold. While they might not be facing jail time, without proper representation they could be deported, fired or slapped with a hefty fine — never mind the potential for ending up with a criminal record.
By admin2 on Monday, May 15, 2017
If you drop by this new space in the heart of Kensington Market, you could make a new friend, learn a word in a foreign language or sip on a delicious Syrian chai. That’s partly what Arash Samimi had in mind when he co-founded The Livelihood Project last October. 
By admin2 on Monday, May 15, 2017
Three Plattsburgh, New York, taxi cab companies will pay financial penalties for taking advantage of illegal immigrants fleeing the United States for Canada, the New York Attorney General's office said on Wednesday.
By admin2 on Monday, May 15, 2017
'I remember the shame ... We weren't allowed to talk about it. There was so much stigma,' says ex-detainee.  A challenge to Canada's immigration laws gets underway in Federal Court in Toronto today, with lawyers for a man held for years before his deportation to Jamaica arguing that indefinite immigration detention violated his constitutional rights and those of hundreds of others.
By admin2 on Monday, May 15, 2017
Those advocating for the government to do something say they are running up against a Liberal government seeming to have lost interest in spending any more money to help asylum seekers.
By admin2 on Wednesday, May 10, 2017
After Bassam Mansoob moved to Canada from Australia a year ago, he started hunting for a house in the GTA.The high prices of both housing and insurance in Toronto were a "cultural shock," says the 32-year-old software engineer, who works downtown in Liberty Village .Even homes as far west as Burlington were too pricey, he says. So, despite the lengthy commute, Mansoob and his family — including his wife and five-month-old daughter — wound up settling in Stoney Creek, a suburban community in Hamilton. 
By admin2 on Tuesday, May 9, 2017
More than 1 million children have fled South Sudan's civil war, two United Nations agencies said Monday, part of the world's fastest growing refugee crisis.Another 1 million South Sudanese children are displaced within the country, having fled their homes due to the civil war, said the UN's child and refugee agencies in a statement Monday.
By admin2 on Tuesday, May 9, 2017
The Canadian Council for Refugees (CCR) today expressed its deep disappointment at the government’s decision to exclude all families with applications in process from the benefit of the upcoming change in the age of dependents rule. The result is to deny reunification for thousands of families with young adult children.
By admin2 on Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Ottawa is being accused of preventing Roma travellers from boarding Canada-bound flights and denying them the possibility of seeking asylum here.Since the end of last year, advocates and lawyers say a slew of Roma passengers from Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia — all currently visa-exempted countries — have reported being stopped from boarding flights to Canada via transit points in England, Poland, Belgium and Germany.
By admin2 on Tuesday, May 9, 2017
As debates rage through much of the developed world over whether to close doors to newcomers, Canadian attitudes toward immigration remain positive.Canadians’ sentiment towards immigration hasn’t wavered in the past six months, with eight in 10 people still agreeing that immigrants benefit the economy, a national survey released exclusively to The Globe and Mail shows.