Canada Immigration

What Immigrant Mothers Lose When You Split Their Families

Farah Mawani | Posted 07.13.2013 | Canada
Farah Mawani

People who have lost their mothers know how profoundly painful and life-changing that loss is. Many immigrants and refugees experience that loss through separation from their mothers in the process of migration. Some mothers migrate before their children, and some children before their mothers. Whatever the process, that separation has a devastating impact on mothers and children.

Toronto Values Health Before Immigration Status

Ritika Goel | Posted 07.13.2013 | Canada Politics
Ritika Goel

Toronto City Council has decided to do something about this for those without health insurance that live in our city. Council voted in favour of abolishing the three-month waiting period for new immigrants and also rescinding the recent cuts to the refugee health care program. I have never been more proud to call this city my home.

Greek Immigrants in Canada: The Twilight of a Generation

Justine Frangouli-Argyris | Posted 07.08.2013 | Canada
Justine Frangouli-Argyris

You can meet them at Rockland Shopping Centre, in the heart of Montreal's Mount-Royal suburb, every Wednesday afternoon. They are a large group, some ...

Immigrants Bringing Religion With Them

CP | Benjamin Shingler, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.08.2013 | Canada Politics

MONTREAL - Lonely, depressed and missing her family in the Philippines, Cosette Pena looked to God in hopes of finding comfort in her new adoptive cou...

Canada's Immigrant Population Surges

CP | Heather Scoffield, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.08.2013 | Canada

OTTAWA - The debut of Canada's controversial census replacement survey shows there are more foreign-born people in the country than ever before, at a ...

How Colourful Is Canada? We'll See

CP | Heather Scoffield, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.06.2013 | Canada Living

OTTAWA - Canada is about to find out how colourful a country it is. Just how vibrant the colours will be, however — well, that's another story.On We...

Feds To Announce Changes To Foreign Workers Program

The Canadian Press | Posted 06.29.2013 | Canada Business

The federal government is making it more difficult and more expensive for companies to turn to foreign workers to fill job vacancies in Canada. ...

More Life Lessons From My Immigrant Parents

Gina Alexandris | Posted 06.06.2013 | Canada
Gina Alexandris

During a brief vacation away with my Greek immigrant parents in sunny Florida, I had the serenity to engage them in several wonderful lengthy chats about their past (always a favourite topic of mine) and to quietly observe them. These are the additional gems that I have gained from my parents' experiences.

When Hockey Icon Crossed Paths With Vancouver Immigrant History

Naveen Girn | Posted 05.23.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Naveen Girn

Pressured by his in-laws to find a respectable occupation, Vancouver Millionaire's star player Fred "Cyclone" Taylor had a summer job that connected him with one of the most iconic historical moments in Canadian history -- the arrival of the Komagata Maru.

Does Canada Need More Safety Programs For Immigrants?

CP | Jennifer Graham, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.21.2013 | Canada Alberta

SASKATOON - A coroner in Saskatchewan wants more water safety programs to target new Canadians after an immigrant man drowned.Muhammad Naqash Ali drow...

America Should Give Immigrants a 'Canadian' Welcome

Werner Patels | Posted 05.19.2013 | Canada
Werner Patels

There are some things we'd like to change about ourselves, but they can't be changed. We can dye our hair, but it doesn't change our original hair col...

What Will the Minister of Labour Do for Migrant Workers?

Syed Hussan | Posted 05.07.2013 | Canada Politics
Syed Hussan

Dear Mr Naqvi, We have some things in common. I read that you came to Canada from Pakistan in your early teens. I immigrated in my early teens too, e...

How Canadians Really Feel About Immigration

The Huffington Post Canada | Eric Grenier | Posted 03.01.2013 | Canada Politics

While most people in this country are in favour of welcoming new immigrants, a large portion of the population believes Canada’s policy is too open....

Seeking Asylum From These Countries? Good Luck

CP | Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.16.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Mexico, a country currently in the throes of an epidemic of drug-related violence, is no longer considered by Canada to be a genuine source o...

The Changing Canadian Identity

Abi Paul | Posted 04.14.2013 | Canada Alberta
Abi Paul

A common misconception by most Canadians is that all immigrants (regardless of country of origin, religious background, ethnicity) face a common set of experiences (opportunities and challenges) as a group. There-in lies the basis of misunderstanding of the immigrant phenomenon by most Canadian-born residents.

Deportation Hearing 17 Years After Asian Gang Leader Entered Canada

CP | Dene Moore, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.05.2013 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - Seventeen years after an alleged Asian organized crime boss was granted permanent resident status in Canada, despite being red-flagged for...

Why We Can No Longer Call Canada an Advocate for Human Rights

Bernie Farber | Posted 04.03.2013 | Canada Politics
Bernie Farber

With little fanfare, Canada was scolded last month by both the United Nations and Amnesty International over its human rights record. Yes you read this correctly -- Canada. The two areas that attracted the most attention by the UN/ Amnesty International human rights experts were Canada's record when it came to refugees and internally the manner in which we continue to discriminate against our First Nations people. As Canadians we consider ourselves to be open, honest -- a welcoming society. Yet for those from afar struggling to build a new life and for our First Nations right here struggling to change their lives for the better, that openness rings very hollow.

Immigration to Canada: It's as Easy as Online Dating!

Rachel Décoste | Posted 03.06.2013 | Canada Politics
Rachel Décoste

According to Immigration Minister Jason Kenney, the upcoming "Web-based 'Expression of Interest' system" for immigrants advertising their skills is "like a dating site." Like a dating site!? Is that the model Canadians favour to pick our future citizens? For every Cinderella who finds her Prince Charming on an online forum, there is a string of Chris Brown's meeting their Rihanna. Once newcomers take the bait, are there any measures to ensure the Government of Canada won't be rendered to playing matchmaker-middleman to abusive relationships, thefts, misrepresentations of employment conditions, or scams?

'A N*gger in Net': Racism at the World Juniors

Rachel Décoste | Posted 03.02.2013 | Canada
Rachel Décoste

The World Junior Hockey Championship has captivated Canadians again this holiday season. But the sight of Team Canada's goalie's skin colour was met with laughter, bemusement, confusion and contempt in Canada and abroad. Thankfully, the long-ignored vestiges of disdain for diversity in hockey have been gaining attention nationwide, in the USA, and across the pond as hockey fans and foes band together to address long-standing pressures that still blight the game.

How Is Canada's Somali Population Faring?

Samuel Getachew | Posted 02.27.2013 | Canada
Samuel Getachew

The Somali Canadian population is "undergoing the growing pains of integration into the larger Canadian mainstream" according to the head of the influential Somali Canadian Congress. Ahmed Hussen, a noted activist and newly minted Ottawa University lawyer, reflects on mentorship, influence and integration for Canada's large Somali population.

Why Is There No Refuge for Roma Refugees?

Stephanie J. Silverman | Posted 02.20.2013 | Canada
Stephanie J. Silverman

A designated country of origin (DCO) is a country declared as "safe," on grounds that it can provide adequate protection to its citizens and therefore not likely to produce refugees. It also discounts the treatment of some minority groups in so-called "safe" countries perhaps most particularly, the Roma in Europe.

Angelina Chapin

He Uprooted His Family For This?

HuffingtonPost.com | Angelina Chapin | Posted 05.07.2014 | Canada

William Lin sits on a stool behind the counter reading about hope. It's early Saturday evening in April 2011, and he has printed a copy of Barack Obam...

3 Profiles Of Young Canadians

The Huffington Post Canada | Russell Sabio | Posted 12.19.2012 | Canada

When Daniel Nguyen first read the goodbye letter his mother had written to him, he cried profusely. He opened the crisp white envelope on his fligh...

The Great Tory Rip-Off of Migrant Workers

Syed Hussan | Posted 02.17.2013 | Canada Politics
Syed Hussan

Just last week, Federal Human Resources Minister Diane Finley took away special E.I. benefits from migrant workers through a quiet Thursday afternoon regulatory change. She did this assuming that most people wouldn't notice. Just in 2008, migrant workers and their employers paid an estimated 300-million dollars in to E.I. but were only able to access some paternal, maternal and compassionate benefits. Now even that has been made off-limits.

He's Not Buying Refugees From These 27 Countries

CP | Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.13.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Having dispensed with Canada's first list of countries from which refugee claims will be fast-tracked, immigration officials must now wrestle...