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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.
By admin2 on Wednesday, May 9, 2018

For immigrant women in communities like St James Town, help arrives in a 31-foot Winnebago.

By admin2 on Wednesday, May 9, 2018
A growing number of Iranian immigration applicants, many of them with postgraduate degrees, say they are facing unreasonable delays in getting security clearance by Canadian authorities due to their nationality.
By admin2 on Wednesday, May 9, 2018
Hasan Sheblack, a Syrian refugee, and Guss Ash, a Jordanian immigrant, met while working construction at the Fairmont Hotel in Vancouver. A few years later, the two are not only business partners, they consider each other “brothers.” The two attribute their bond to respect and understanding, underscoring that respect is the most important thing. It’s also what they like most about living in Canada.
By admin2 on Wednesday, May 9, 2018
When she was young, Nicole M'Carthy felt trapped between two cultures. Born in Ghana and raised in Canada, she endured racial bullying and almost lost sight of herself. But her negative experiences helped set the stage for a youth mentorship program she founded called Girl Talk, aimed at girls from immigrant families.
By admin2 on Wednesday, May 9, 2018
A refugee judge waited almost four years before rejecting the asylum claim of a Mexican family on the last day of his job, but the Federal Court has ruled the delay was not “severe” enough to breach the claimants’ charter rights. At the centre of the case was Immigration and Refugee Board member David McBean, who gained attention after a Star investigation in 2010 found the adjudicator had denied all of the 169 asylum cases he presided over between 2007 and 2010.
By admin2 on Wednesday, May 9, 2018
Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says Canada needs to look into bringing Rohingya refugees here to reunify families. "We can just imagine if it were our brothers, sisters, uncles, who were in these dire straits, we would be desperate to bring them to join us in Canada," she told reporters on Saturday.  "I think that is an issue we need to be looking at."
By admin2 on Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Leaving an abusive relationship can be a big challenge. For immigrants and refugees, there are often additional obstacles, including cultural stigma, language and immigration status. "Domestic violence knows no bounds culturally. In essence, it's about power and control over another human being," says Jan Reimer, the executive director at Alberta Council of Women's Shelters.

By admin2 on Wednesday, May 9, 2018
A high-profile human rights lawyer in Montreal is calling on the federal immigration minister to reconsider the case of a terminally ill refugee claimant requesting to see his family in Canada before he dies. Global News first reported the story on May 2. After being refused once, the claimant’s family is in the process of submitting a second request, hoping to have more luck.