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By admin2 on Tuesday, May 29, 2018
In the past week, outrage about treatment of children taken into U.S. custody at the Southwest border has reached a fever pitch, exploding in a barrage of tweets and calls to action with the hashtags #WhereAreTheChildren and #MissingChildren.
By admin2 on Tuesday, May 29, 2018
In 2000, when Abdi was 6, the family came to Canada as refugees. A year later, child welfare services apprehended him. He spent the rest of his childhood “in care” in Nova Scotia where he was abused and neglected. Separated from his sister, he was not educated beyond Grade 6. He had 31 different placements. Though eligible for Canadian citizenship, child welfare services — his only legal guardian — failed to apply on his behalf. Now, after pleading guilty to aggravated assault and serving a five-year federal sentence, Abdi faces the possibility of deportation to Somalia, a country in which he has never set foot.
By admin2 on Tuesday, May 29, 2018
The minister noted that if people want to come live and work in Canada, but are not fleeing persecution or otherwise in need of Canada’s protection, there are formal avenues that can make their goals a reality. “We’re making the necessary investments to the (Canada Border Services Agency) to expedite and conduct more removals of failed claimants … Those who do not deserve Canada’s protection get to be removed.”
By admin2 on Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Some LGBTQ refugees living in Edmonton are sharing their stories, of fleeing a country where their sexuality was considered illegal.

By admin2 on Tuesday, May 29, 2018
Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen announced changes for asylum seekers Friday, saying anyone coming into the country through irregular means will have their cases finalized within 12 months.
By admin2 on Tuesday, May 29, 2018

In Uganda, it was a crime to be who she was. Now she joins a surge of migrants hoping for a new start. It was either a life spent hiding behind different identities or risking the possibility of death in prison.That's what turned one Ugandan woman into a refugee claimant, fleeing a country where being gay is more dangerous today than ever before. "If things go right, I have a lot more to offer than to take," she says, all too aware of the perception that refugees have come knocking at Canada's doors looking for a free lunch.

By admin2 on Tuesday, May 29, 2018
Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen says officials will attempt to correct misinformation being circulated in New York state offering instructions to asylum seekers on how to illegally cross the border into Canada as political pressure mounts for government to do more to address the influx of irregular migrants from the United States.
By admin2 on Tuesday, May 29, 2018
Food bank use in Toronto dipped by 16,000 visits between January and March this year, the first time in four years there has been a decrease during this time period, according to Toronto’s Daily Bread Food Bank. “The most remarkable aspect of this drop is that the largest decrease is among households that rely on social assistance,” said the food bank’s research director, Richard Matern.
By admin2 on Thursday, May 24, 2018

A terminally-ill refugee claimant from Lebanon has just been granted his dying wish by the federal government. After making a desperate plea to have his wife and two young children by his side, the government has granted their request for temporary resident permits (TRP). Taha El Taha’s wife and two children received the TRPs from an immigration officer in Beirut Friday.

By admin2 on Thursday, May 24, 2018

The City of Toronto participated today in a multi-stakeholder meeting at the United Nations in New York City, where member states are negotiating a Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration. Representatives of the City's Newcomer Office and Shelter, Support and Housing Administration were invited to share the City's practical experiences in welcoming and housing refugee populations in Toronto. The United Nations is currently examining the impact of migration in countries of origin, transit and destination and convened a series of stakeholder meetings to learn what is happening at the local and national levels. 

By admin2 on Thursday, May 24, 2018
The flood of migrants has put pressure on Canada’s asylum system, accustomed to smaller numbers, and has driven up costs. So, policy-makers are bolstering one tactic to ease the burden: They’re integrating refugee claimants as quickly as possible into the job market. The deluge of “irregular” border-crossers into Quebec has been a boon for companies such as Olymel during a time of low unemployment. Olymel, for instance, has hired 250 asylum seekers at other sites.
By admin2 on Thursday, May 24, 2018
Canada is rejecting more refugee claims from people who crossed its border illegally as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government seeks to dissuade, block and turn back thousands more, according to new data obtained by Reuters.
By admin2 on Thursday, May 24, 2018
Attorney General Jeff Sessions is stirring panic in immigrant communities by moving to limit who can get asylum in the United States. Perhaps no one is more alarmed than one Salvadoran woman living in the Carolinas. She fled to the U.S. four years ago, after enduring more than a decade of domestic abuse in her home country, and requested asylum here. Now Sessions has personally intervened in her case, questioning whether she and other crime victims deserve protection and a path to American citizenship. The attorney general has been highly critical of the asylum system in recent months.
By admin2 on Thursday, May 24, 2018
Superior Court Justice Alfred O’Marra ruled in October that the federal government could continue to jail failed refugee claimant Ebrahim Toure, who had already spent more than four years in indefinite detention, because there was still a reasonable prospect he could be deported to his native Gambia.
By admin2 on Thursday, May 24, 2018

The city of Toronto has activated an emergency plan to provide temporary housing for the increasing number of refugee claimants arriving in Toronto. Starting on Thursday, 400 beds at Centennial College Residence and Conference Centre in Scarborough will be used to temporarily house refugee claimants and new arrivals. Then on June 1, another 400 beds will become available at Humber College in Etobicoke.

By admin2 on Wednesday, May 16, 2018
On Monday, charges were laid alleging siblings Ping Zhong and her brother, Yi Zhong, counselled business immigrants seeking permanent residency to provide residential addresses in P.E.I. though they didn't really live there.
By admin2 on Wednesday, May 16, 2018
The federal government’s announcement that it will be conducting a consultation on systemic racism, as recommended by the United Nations, has generated widespread criticism.
By admin2 on Wednesday, May 16, 2018
With an Indigenous population of more than 1.4 million and several centuries since European settlement, there is a lot to learn about Indigenous history and culture in Canada. But what resources are available in Calgary to teach immigrants and refugees about Indigenous Peoples?
By admin2 on Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Clad in a tailored blue suit with a vibrant purple tie and pocket square, Alahmad is giving a colleague a mock sales pitch on the vehicle's leather seats and cruise control features. As a car lover, the conversation comes naturally to him.
By admin2 on Wednesday, May 16, 2018
The federal Liberal government, chastised last year in an auditor’s report that found a lack of oversight of Canada’s controversial temporary foreign workers program, is stepping up employer inspections and naming and shaming those caught breaking the rules.
By admin2 on Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Michelle Rempel, Conservative immigration critic, tweeted recently that the media was finally writing about “illegal border crossings” after she had been raising it for a year. The problem is that several recurring myths are shaping much of the coverage. Here are four of them.
By admin2 on Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Regina's South Zone Community Garden has expanded to create 24 new plots for Syrian refugee families and one family from Tanzania in Africa. The gardens are meant to help the families be outside, meet other Canadian families and grow fresh food. 
By admin2 on Wednesday, May 16, 2018
A recent crackdown on employers abusing the temporary foreign worker program does more to keep up the government’s appearance of “protecting Canadian jobs” than it does for employees facing abuse and unfair working conditions, say B.C. labour lawyers working closely with migrant employees.
By admin2 on Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Due to Canada’s small population and aging workforce, a new Conference Board of Canada report predicts that eliminating immigration would have a negative impact on the Canadian economy by 2040.
By admin2 on Thursday, May 10, 2018
Expanding the STCA to cover irregular crossings would mean that thousands of asylum-seekers would be sent back to the U.S. after making their way to the Canadian border in the wake of worsening conditions there under President Donald Trump.