Canada Refugee

My Day Spent Among Syrian Refugees Was A Humbling Experience

UNICEF Canada | Posted 08.09.2016 | Canada Impact

I came to the camp not knowing what to expect and so worried about what I would see and feel. Instead, I left with feelings of hope, pride and sadness, and many lessons and gifts of the heart that I will forever cherish.

Canadians Haven't Always Been Welcoming To Immigrants

Jack Jedwab | Posted 04.20.2017 | Canada Politics
Jack Jedwab

Even those Canadians reporting the highest knowledge about immigration history believe we have always been welcoming. Yet the country's history offers more than enough examples of restrictive immigration practices to suggest that there is at least a bit of ignorance among those of us presuming the most knowledge.

Tamils' Path To Prosperity In Canada

TamilCulture | Posted 02.04.2017 | Canada Living

Our arrival in Canada started in earnest after the 1983 anti-Tamil riot in Sri Lanka. The mass exodus accelerated in the last decade of the last century, resulting in largest Sri Lankan Tamil population outside of Sri Lanka. Since then, collectively the lives of Tamils were "rewired".

Tips For Success From A Refugee Turned Entrepreneur

Lyda Mclallen | Posted 02.04.2017 | Canada Business
Lyda Mclallen

The most important message I could share from my experience growing up and coming over to Canada is that being a refugee doesn't last a lifetime. It's an experience that lasts but a few short years and opens the door to a life full of opportunities to learn, grow and succeed.

Ode To Our Parents

TamilCulture | Posted 01.11.2017 | Canada Living

It was almost 30 years ago. War has began. The sounds of chirping birds were replaced with blasting bombs. My husband had come back from town to get me and my daughter. We are leaving tomorrow morning. It was the beginning of our journey. A journey to a new place, a new beginning.

Don't Let Refugees Become Scapegoats, Says Anti-Racism Group

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 11.19.2015 | Canada

"These same people we're bringing into Canada ... are the main victims of these terrorist groups."

Immigration Officials Struggling To Prepare For Liberal Refugee Pledge

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 11.03.2015 | Canada Politics

"Whenever you take on something as big as this, you have to ask yourself, where are those resources coming from..."

World's Displaced Population Doubled In Last Decade

CP | The Associated Press | Posted 10.05.2015 | Canada

The "interlinked mega-crises" in Iraq and Syria have uprooted 15 million people.

Refugee Claim Approved For Somali Man Who Swam Across Red River

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 09.30.2016 | Canada

Samatar was a human rights worker in Somalia, was kidnapped and fled after his life was threatened by terrorist group Al Shabab.

Mulcair Clashes With Harper Over ISIS Mission, Refugee Crisis At Debate

CP | Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.28.2015 | Canada Politics

The federal leaders didn't hold back.

Canada Can and Must Do Better for the World's Most Vulnerable

Ahmed Hussen | Posted 09.14.2016 | Canada Politics
Ahmed Hussen

Having spent the first part of my life living in Somalia, Canada was a beacon of light. I came to Canada in 1993 as a refugee, and was welcomed with open arms. Coming to Canada was not just an opportunity to feel safe -- it quickly became home. Sadly, our nation has lost its way. What motivates me to run in this election is a reflection of my journey from being a refugee living in social housing, to becoming a lawyer, and advocating on behalf of all Canadians. The Canada I knew in the 1990s was one that welcomed refugees and new immigrants openly, striving to ensure equal opportunities for all.

Powerful University Ad Shows Strength Of Refugee-Turned-Lawyer

The Huffington Post Canada | Evan Pang | Posted 09.10.2015 | Canada Impact

He had a horrible childhood, but now he's an accomplished professional.

A Letter of Gratitude to Stephen Harper From Two Doctors

Dr. Hasan Sheikh | Posted 09.07.2016 | Canada Politics
Dr. Hasan Sheikh

A year ago we had written to Minister Chris Alexander to apologize for treating a refugee patient. We spoke about how cuts to refugee health care had made seeing a doctor virtually impossible for many new refugees. Were you, Mr. Prime Minister, desperately trying to get the Minister to review the file as well?

Questionable Refugee Mailouts From Tories Surface Amid Syria Crisis

The Huffington Post Canada | Ryan Maloney | Posted 09.09.2015 | Canada Politics

One Tory newsletter from 2012 touted the end of "unfair benefits for refugee claimants."

Feds Asked To Delay Arrival Of Refugees In 2014: Memo

CP | Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.16.2016 | Canada Politics

The federal government sought to delay the arrival of refugees last year because it was running out of money.

The Number of Refugees in the World Today Is an Unacceptable Catastrophe

Rosemary McCarney | Posted 06.18.2016 | Canada Impact
Rosemary McCarney

This Saturday, June 20, is the UN World Refugee Day. It's a day set aside every year to recognize the plight of refugees and acknowledge the efforts of those who assist them, often in the face of life-threatening obstacles. We need to recognize realities but not despair. We need to focus the global mind on our collective responsibility. We need to roll up our sleeves and help those who are so deserving of our assistance while urging others to double and triple their efforts to end the underlying conditions that have created this unacceptable human catastrophe.

I Risked Death to Seek a Better Life for My Kids in Canada

Nina Raynars | Posted 05.06.2016 | Canada Parents
Nina Raynars

My children and I immigrated to Canada in 2010 as refugees. When we arrived, I was so happy that my kids were in a safe country. In Zimbabwe I remember not being able to cry or find comfort in anyone, because everyone was experiencing their own share of pain and shock. So in April of 2010, after being released from the most recent lock-up, I took my kids at midnight and headed for the border knowing that if I was caught I would be burned alive and killed. Even though I was living with the uncertainty of how my immigration hearing would pan out, watching my kids embrace Canadian culture strengthened me when I was at my weakest point.

This Yukon Man Has Lived In Canada For 60 Years

CP | Keven Drews, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.16.2015 | Canada Politics

VANCOUVER - Donovan McGlaughlin admits his story is hard to believe, but he wants Canadians to keep an open mind as he explains why he may have to app...

Reporters Should Use Original Language Instead of Repeating Politicians' Misused Phrases

Dana Wagner | Posted 06.26.2014 | Canada Politics
Dana Wagner

Some of this language merely has the effect of stereotyping all claimants. But some phrases -- "supporting organized crime," "refusing to leave" -- once explained, expose a more closed system. This is not a call for reporters to censor government ministers. It is a call to deliver factual instead of politicized news. Reporters can do this by marking rhetoric, for instance, by always quoting political terms like "bogus refugees," and even more useful, by demanding clarity (Minister, what's the difference between an inland claimant and a "self-selected refugee"?).

Minister Chris Alexander Cried Last Week, But Not for These Women

Dana Wagner | Posted 05.11.2014 | Canada Politics
Dana Wagner

The new citizenship and immigration minister, Chris Alexander, delivered a speech last week, the day before International Women's Day. The surprising part was just short of the end, when Alexander paused, stared down at the podium. He was crying. But Alexander and his government created a fast refugee system, not a fair one.

The Truth About Canada's Immigration System

Peter Kent | Posted 05.06.2014 | Canada Politics
Peter Kent

I would like to take the opportunity to provide insight on Canada's generous asylum system and clear up any misconceptions raised in Bernie Farber's piece entitled "Canada Fails the Test of a Good Society." Canada continues to have the most fair and generous immigration system in the world.

I Visited a Syrian Refugee Camp, and This Is What I Saw

Stephen Cornish | Posted 02.12.2014 | Canada Impact
Stephen Cornish

Adel was in Homs during the heavy shelling which obliterated the Syrian city's Baba Amr district. He had been studying English at the university and had stayed on to do his military service. Running out of options and funds, he then made his way to the border and crossed into Iraq, becoming a refugee. For the past eight months, Adel has been working tirelessly as an interpreter.

Lebanon's Welcome Mat for Syrian Refugees Is Now Frayed at the Edges

Stephen Cornish | Posted 02.09.2014 | Canada Impact
Stephen Cornish

As Lebanon is drawn into its neighbour's conflict, sectarian tensions mount and the cost of hosting more than 700,000 refugees takes its toll. The welcome mat so graciously rolled out by the Lebanese for Syrian refugees is now becoming frayed at the edges.

Canada's "Mosaic" Has Racist Cracks

Adam Kingsmith | Posted 07.14.2013 | Canada Politics
Adam Kingsmith

Here in the "Canadian Mosaic," issues of race are largely stricken from the language of the everyday. We prefer not to speak openly about racism, for deconstructing it might chip away at that illusory façade of Canada as a nation of perpetual tolerance and chronic multiculturalism -- a delusion we all hold dear to our glowing hearts. Unfortunately for all those "liberal-minded" Canadians out there who view our country to be so forward thinking and accommodating that racism is a non-issue, institutionalized multiculturalism is not the same thing as social racial equality.

The Wisdom Of A Former Refugee - "Do Not Take Anything For Granted"

Samuel Getachew | Posted 06.26.2013 | Canada
Samuel Getachew

Just a decade after arriving to Canada from Eritrea, Thomas Tewoldemedhin is living the ultimate Canadian dream. Calling himself a "serial entrepreneu...