Canada Refugees

Wedge Politics Gave Conservatives A 'Wedgie' In The 2015 Federal Election

Jack Jedwab | Posted 02.03.2016 | Canada Politics
Jack Jedwab

In many countries the admission of immigrants is the object of highly emotional political debates. Several political parties in Europe have adopted an...

I Fled My Country For Canada After Being Diagnosed With PTSD

Street Haven | Posted 01.29.2016 | Canada Living
Street Haven

My family regarded me as a worthless and dangerous person in need of being chained up. In my country, mental health is not understood as it is in Canada. It is considered dangerous and weak. My family began to speak out against me and I knew that I had to flee my country in order to be safe.

John McCallum Says Syrian Refugees 'Super Happy' To Be In Canada

The Huffington Post Canada | Zi-Ann Lum | Posted 01.28.2016 | Canada Politics

But some Conservatives are irked by the immigration minister's comments.

We Can End Gender-Based Violence In Humanitarian Settings

Oxfam Canada | Posted 01.27.2016 | Canada Impact
Oxfam Canada

In South Sudan, domestic violence is widespread and largely tolerated. In the all-too-common words of two young women from Warrap State: "We are often beaten. When we make a mistake, we are beaten -- and there are so many mistakes." It was unfortunately not surprising that gender-based violence was a major threat for women living in IDP and refugee camps.

I Understand What It's Like To Live On The Move

World Vision | Posted 01.25.2016 | Canada Impact
World Vision

I know the uncertainty and pain of saying goodbye, not knowing when or if you will ever see your home and friends again. But I don't know what it feels like to flee with just the clothes on your back and a small bag of essentials. As hard as moving is, it is nothing compared to the trauma and constant upheaval of living as a refugee.

Federal Funding To Cities For Syrian Refugees To End In 2017

CP | Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.20.2016 | Canada Politics

As of Jan. 19, 11,866 Syrians in total have arrived in Canada.

How One Montreal Factory Is Helping Syrian Refugees

CP | Giuseppe Valiante, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.20.2016 | Canada Business

One of the most difficult things for the Syrian refugees Levon Afeyan employs is to accept that their move to Canada is likely a permanent one.

Feds Looking To Settle Refugees In More French Communities

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 01.18.2016 | Canada Politics

The last of the first 10,000 Syrians arrived about a week ago.

Trudeau Visits Peterborough Mosque That Was Set On Fire

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 01.18.2016 | Canada Politics

The mosque was the victim of an alleged arson attack shortly after Islamic State terrorists killed more than 100 people in Paris.

What I Learned On My Medical Mission To A Jordanian Refugee Camp

Heba Osman | Posted 01.14.2016 | Canada Impact
Heba Osman

I spent over a week in Jordan at the beginning of January, with the Syrian American Medical Society visiting non-profit clinics in Jordan where the Syrian refugees were populated and went into the camp to work in their Medical Centre. I did not know what to expect going into the camp, now termed the fifth largest city in Jordan.

Dear Syrian Refugees: Canada Is Not Immune To Racism

Niki Sharma | Posted 01.13.2016 | Canada Living
Niki Sharma

I am sorry to say that no one can promise that you will not face discrimination again as you re-establish yourself in this country. But I know that there will be many of us that will stand with you when it happens. You will be among those fighting to ensure our handling of this humanitarian crisis does not seed future shame and add to the list of times that fear and intolerance guided our actions.

Ontario Community Shines As Syrians Welcomed to Canada

The Hon. Elizabeth Dowdeswell | Posted 01.07.2016 | Canada Impact
The Hon. Elizabeth Dowdeswell

What is also clear is that the arrival of these refugee families is not the end of the process, but merely the end of the beginning. With the kindness and compassion present in so many Ontario communities large and small, it is clear that these new Syrian families will receive a warm welcome and be supported as they make a new start in this vast and diverse country.

Liberals Drop Appeal Of Unconstitutional Tory Refugee Rule

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 01.04.2016 | Canada Politics

A judge ruled last July that Tories' "safe" country policy was discriminatory.

Zi-Ann Lum

P.E.I. Group Raises $25,000 For Syrian Refugees In Just A Month

HuffingtonPost.com | Zi-Ann Lum | Posted 01.05.2016 | Canada Living

"A little bit can go a long way."

A Letter Of Gratitude To My Canadian Sponsors

Annie Kashamura Zawadi | Posted 01.04.2016 | Canada Living
Annie Kashamura Zawadi

My children and I were strangers, and you welcomed us. I will forever be grateful to you all. And as we see thousands of Canadians doing what you, my sponsors, did for my family, I can only be grateful to all of them as well, and tell the new Syrian refugees that they are in good hands.

Canada Must Take A Longer View On Falling Immigration Numbers

Jack Jedwab | Posted 01.04.2016 | Canada Politics
Jack Jedwab

The ratio of working-age Canadians to seniors was narrowing, and the inevitable outcome would be a shrunken tax base and acute labour shortages. Over the next decade, a million jobs risk going unfilled. And yet, only around one in 10 Canadians agrees that Canada currently admits too few immigrants. The annual (and sometimes multi-year) public consultations held by the Federal Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration on levels of newcomers do not seem to have yielded much success in changing this attitude.

The Chilly Shelter Of An Iraqi Family Forced From Home

World Vision | Posted 12.31.2015 | Canada Impact
World Vision

For the past two weeks of school vacation, many Canadian children have enjoyed lingering in bed in the mornings, snuggled under the covers. But for children forced from their homes by violence in Syria and Iraq, warm blankets are more than a holiday luxury. On some mornings, it's just too cold to leave their beds.

Too Much 'Make Believe' In Liberal Refugee Plan: Ex-Bureaucrat

CP | The Canadian Press, Stephanie Levitz | Posted 12.29.2015 | Canada Politics

"It became a political issue for them."

11 Great Things Canadians Have Done So Far For Syrian Refugees

The Huffington Post Canada | Zi-Ann Lum | Posted 01.25.2016 | Canada Impact

"Everyone’s been really excited to make things happen."

Zi-Ann Lum

Canadian Kids Write Sweet Notes To Welcome Syrian Children

HuffingtonPost.com | Zi-Ann Lum | Posted 12.25.2015 | Canada British Columbia

“Welcome to Canada, a land of kindness.”

Trudeau Urges Canadians To Share Holiday Spirit With Syrian Refugees

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 12.22.2015 | Canada Politics

"It's what we do and it's who we are."

Zi-Ann Lum

Ex-Tory Minister Says Refugee Resettlement Goal Same As 35 Years Ago

HuffingtonPost.com | Zi-Ann Lum | Posted 12.27.2015 | Canada Politics

"That was a big surprise for us ... It kinda grew like topsy."

Canada's Welcoming Of Refugees Is A Simple Act Of Charity

Alan Ramón Ward | Posted 12.21.2015 | Canada Politics
Alan Ramón Ward

Due to the heated political atmosphere from which the initial promise emerged, with Trudeau's Liberals keen to position themselves in stark contrast to Harper's Conservatives, I feel that the massive attention this has garnered from both sides -- both of acclaim and censure -- has been greatly exaggerated. With all the rhetoric from proponents and opponents, we forget that this is a simple act of charity.

Canada Could Double Refugee Intake To 50,000 By End Of 2016: McCallum

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 12.21.2015 | Canada Politics

The UN refugee agency, the Jordanian government and the International Organization for Migration would help with the vetting process.

Zi-Ann Lum

'Absolute Brilliance' Of Canada's Refugee Program Explained

HuffingtonPost.com | Zi-Ann Lum | Posted 12.19.2015 | Canada Politics

"No other country has this kind of program."