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By admin2 on Wednesday, March 28, 2018
The number of people crossing the Canada-U.S. border between legal checkpoints slightly increased in Februarynew numbers show, and Ottawa is bracing for a possible spike as the weather warms this spring.
By admin2 on Wednesday, March 28, 2018
America is deeply divided on issues related to immigrants and refugees, while in Canada, which accepts larger proportions of newcomers, there is a general consensus in the country over the issue. Canadians are broadly accepting of large numbers of immigrants and positive about playing an active role in resettling refugees. Even newly elected Ontario Progressive Conservative leader Doug Ford’s anti-elitism shies away from xenophobia. Why are policies and attitudes more open and less polarized in Canada, and can America learn anything from its northern neighbour?
By admin2 on Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Chandran was among 10 participants in an eight-week public speaking course aimed at building the self-confidence and improving the communication skills of newcomer women. The series was facilitated by Christopher Leadership Courses of Canada and was sponsored by YWCA Toronto’s JUMP program.

By admin2 on Wednesday, March 28, 2018
With a diploma and more than 15 years of experience as a barber in Iraq, Benjamin Gbo’s dream is to open his own shop in Toronto to support his family. But he can’t even cut anyone’s hair in a salon without a hairstylist licence in Ontario.
By admin2 on Tuesday, March 27, 2018
The Happiness Report reveals Canada is “the fourth most accepting country for migrants.” That’s out of 117 nations for which data is available, behind only Iceland, New Zealand and, surprisingly, Rwanda. It’s basically an A+ grade for Canadians.
By admin2 on Tuesday, March 27, 2018

When Muhammed Reyis's family was forced out of Syria and moved to Turkey to work, his dreams of graduating high school came to an end. "We had to work there to support our family," said the 20-year-old, who grew up with four siblings. "We weren't able to go to school. "He knew better than to dare dream of going to university, he said. "On the first day I came to Canada, I wasn't even able to say my name [or] how to introduce myself," said the teen, who now speaks three languages, including English.

By admin2 on Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Necessity, they say, is the mother of invention. Even more so, when the invention is something a loved one needs. That was the case for a young Syrian woman who invented a GPS-equipped life vest. VOA's Faith Lapidus reports.
By admin2 on Tuesday, March 27, 2018

The number of asylum claims heard in Manitoba more than doubled between 2016-2017, according to newly released data. Immigration and Refugee Board data since 2010 shed light on asylum seekers' claims, success rates, countries of origin.

By admin2 on Tuesday, March 27, 2018
It’s more important than ever that the public understands that citizenship isn’t nearly as simple as conservatives make it out to be. The truth is that immigration to the U.S. is a tedious, invasive and expensive process. There are tons of obstacles that make it difficult and sometimes even impossible for immigrants to become legal residents.
By admin2 on Thursday, March 15, 2018
Five Syrian scholarship students have applied for refugee protection and some say it's because they feel let down by the renowned Toronto charity that brought them to Canada.
By admin2 on Thursday, March 15, 2018
For her second book, Yousafzai will focus on her own experiences along with accounts she has heard while visting refugee camps. The book, "We Are Displaced," is expected to come out in early September.
By admin2 on Thursday, March 15, 2018
Raghda Hassan and Um Omar are Syrian refugees. They fled with their families to Canada and settled in the Vancouver area over a year ago. Coming from a country where just around 14 per cent of the female population is an active part of the workforce, according to World Bank data, they grew up expecting that they would be homemakers. But like many Syrian women, they’ve ventured into the world of work for the first time as refugees, and were fortunate to land their first job at Tayybeh. Tayybeh is a new Vancouver-based company that caters Syrian food for local customers and is managed by women
By admin2 on Thursday, March 15, 2018
Trailblazing reform will mean safer workplaces for temporary employees in Ontario, minister says. The new legislation comes following a Star investigation into how companies use temp agencies to cut costs and limit liability for accidents.
By admin2 on Thursday, March 15, 2018
KAIROS Canada, in partnership with local organizations, held an event  in Edmonton on March 10. This reconciliation event, locally entitled Indigenous and Multicultural Friendship Gathering, will bring together local Indigenous, immigrant and migrant communities to explore opportunities, challenges and recommendations for building relationships during this time of reconciliation.
By admin2 on Thursday, March 8, 2018

One in four of the direct-care workers in the nation’s nursing homes, assisted living facilities and home care agencies are foreign-born, according to an analysis of census data by P.H.I., the New York research organization. In the so-called gray market, where consumers hire home care workers directly and often pay them under the table, the proportion is likely far higher.

By admin2 on Thursday, March 8, 2018

A federal court is set to hear a judicial review in the case of former Somali child refugee Abdoul Abdi. According to Benjamin Perryman, Abdi’s lawyer, a full oral hearing has been scheduled for May 29. However, a deportation hearing is still scheduled to take place on Wednesday in Ontario.

By admin2 on Thursday, March 8, 2018
The government says large employers will have to track, publish information about compensation to ‘ensure compensation is based on a job’s requirements and the candidate’s qualifications.’
By admin2 on Thursday, March 8, 2018
After several years in refugee camps, where he was only able to work minimum-wage jobs, the Kurdish-Syrian man now has his own barber shop in Halifax.
By admin2 on Thursday, March 8, 2018

Salah Dib fled Syria about a year ago for a better life in Canada, one that would enable him to have a stable career he could excel at. At a time when skilled masons are greatly needed in the GTA, Dib enrolled in an intensive pilot project at the Skilled Trades College of Canada. And it comes with incentives: Dib, along with nine other students, do not have to pay tuition and will be connected with steady employment in residential bricklaying when the program ends.

By admin2 on Thursday, March 8, 2018
Citizenship and its varying legal definition has become one of the key battlegrounds of the 21st century, as nations attempt to stake out their power in a G-Zero, globalized world, one increasingly defined by transnational, borderless trade and liquid, virtual finance. In a climate of pervasive nationalism, jingoism, xenophobia, and ever-building resentment toward those who move, it’s tempting to think that doing so would become more difficult. But alongside the rise of populist, identitarian movements across the globe, identity itself is being virtualized, too. It no longer needs to be tied to place or nation to function in the global marketplace.
By admin2 on Thursday, March 8, 2018
A newly adapted “first-in, first-out” system for asylum seekers has thrown an already-lengthy process into disarray, writes Vicky Mochama.
By admin2 on Thursday, March 8, 2018
Shabbir Jaffer sponsored his mother to join him in Canada in 2007. The agonizing wait for family reunification ended in January, when the woman died of pneumonia in England, with the application still in process.
By admin2 on Thursday, March 1, 2018
After the neglect over the past two years, the government is investing in the multiculturalism program (essentially restoring or more the previous cuts) along with targeted initiatives for Canadian Blacks. Equally, if not more significant, the creation of new Centre for Gender, Diversity and Inclusion Statistics will improve the quality and quantity of diversity-related data, with more data disgraced by race (likely defined as the different visible minority groups). Both initiatives respond largely to some of the more substantive recommendations of the Canadian Heritage committee report on M-103.
By admin2 on Thursday, March 1, 2018

While the rigid triage system for spousal sponsorships lets the government boast of reduced processing times, applicants are often worse off.

By admin2 on Thursday, March 1, 2018
Cities have long been seen as symbols of opportunity—yet, historically, Black communities (and other marginalized groups) have been excluded from shaping them.